“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is god’s handwriting.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
“… we made a god of just about anything…”
We know from our studies of each culture’s history that humans, to survive made a god of anything they were afraid of in their surroundings. This fear motivated them to study and learn about their surroundings to ensure their well being.
So it was, we made a god of just about anything from thunder and lighting to the sun and the moon and even some of the stars. We also included rain, certain animals, and even some weather systems.
And as we gave these entities human qualities (personified them) it helped us to learn about our natural environment. As our information and knowledge grew, so did our database…and so did our gods. But our gods kept changing form as we learned more and more.
In fact, it has often been said, striving to understand our natural world is what motivates all science. Or conversely, every science is just us trying to understand some part of our natural world. So, everyone from Albert Einstein to Richard Feynman to Stephen Hawking… and every other scientist, are actually just “metaphysical theologians” striving to uncover the grandly organized design (g.o.d.) of our surroundings.
“Before god we are all equally wise – and equally foolish.” – Albert Einstein, physicist
“…fundamental law which is also operating here…but not mentioned…”
This means then, as we search to understand our world today, we are searching for new data. And, one of our primary modern data seeking tools is a ‘google search.’
So, it was with fascination I watched Scott Galloway, a New York University’s Stern School of Business faculty member, present his thoughts on the influence of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.
Scott is the author of The Four: The Hidden DNA of Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google. Scott was named “one of the world’s 50 best business school professors” by Poets & Quants in 2012. He was elected to the World Economic Forum’s Global Leaders of Tomorrow.
Scott shares insights and eye-opening stats about dominance and motivation — and what happens when a society prizes ‘shareholder value’ over everything else.
As you observe Scott’s take on our four new gods, it also raises the spectre of nature’s most fundamental law which is also operating here…but not mentioned…the law of balance, symmetry or synchronicity.
While Scott is noticing the down sides of our new gods, there must be equilibrating upsides. They have to be there, but can you find them? Can you find…just one?
I would love to hear what you discover. One that comes to my mind is by having one new god (or even the “fantastic four” Scott mentions, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple) drives all humans closer to share their genius and survival skills for our common future.
How about you? Send me one benefit you notice to the concern Scott raises. I look forward to hearing from you.
“You have a gift of 86,400 seconds today. You could use one to say, thank you.
– King Ayles, author
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