A No Think society is a recipe for failure. In the past, No Think societies have blundered on regardless down the millennia, crashing whole civilisations. Now, the same No Think mentality is destroying this civilisation just as effectively.
No Think, defined
A No Think environment is typically all about means and processes, rather than objectives. Goals are vague, and often just token rhetoric, like “… for our children, and our children’s children”, utterly meaningless. (Thatcher’s “children’s children” are a monument to the barrenness of No Think.)
At best, No Think goes from A to B, however haphazardly or insanely. Even the idea of more steps from C-Z doesn’t begin to enter the “thinking”. No Think is also stunningly undemanding in terms of logic. There’s little or no If/then logic, aka contingency logic/step logic/using your brain for something other than keeping your ears apart.
No Think is also extremely simplistic, almost insultingly so. Generally, it’s no more than a jingle, like Make America Great Again or Peace in Our Time. Even the physical realities are somehow expected to follow the jingle, not the facts. Greatness and peace need more than verbosity to happen.
The ramifications of No Think
No Think is also highly counterproductive. For example:
- Generations full of plagues of psychologists and psychiatrists now exist with unheard-of levels of mental illness. (To be fair, many psychologists and psychiatrists are among the most ferocious critics of this situation.) The No Think theory is that if someone’s there to do a job, it must be being done. It isn’t.
- Human rights is a major cause for all progressives. It’s even accepted by conservatives, however unenthusiastically. Human rights abuse in the No Think world is now as bad as it’s ever been. Slavery is higher than ever before.
- Poverty is the all-time leading disaster in human life. Attempts to end or alleviate poverty are ongoing and sincere, but the No Think society, with its one step logic, doesn’t get it. Even by its own very shallow standards, poverty is bad for a No Think society. Poverty means lower economic participation, lower revenue, less business, and serious obstacles to productivity. See anyone actually doing anything about ending poverty?
- Pollution is poison. Any one of those toxic chemicals can kill you or give you a serious medical condition. Some of the chemicals make compounds of each other, and nobody really knows what they can do. You, on the other hand, are more likely than ever to find out. You’re in big trouble, hit with serious medical expenses, and is anyone doing anything about pollution. Only very slowly and grudgingly. The No Think approach is that “pollution is business”. That’s it. No more thinking has been done. The result is a pole to pole sewer full of toxic materials and very large numbers of very sick people.
- High fructose syrup is generally considered very dangerous. The rates of obesity and diabetes have gone up drastically in the last generation. High fructose is one of the major culprits. It took at least a decade for even the basic theory of the risks of high fructose to filter through the No Think political environment.
- Carbon emissions are quite unnecessary and easily preventable with proper process filtering and better, cleaner, combustion. Carbon products like coal and oil can be used to make much safer products that earn more money for producers. Is any of that that happening? No. Again, “Pollution is business,” and the rest is just lying.
- Polarization is extremely bad for societies. In the whole of human history, there has never been anything safe about people who hate each other’s guts living side by side. What’s happening in No Think Land? Deliberate polarization, and it’s a career for a lot of people.
- Crime is parasitism. The No Think society is “tough on crime”, but is that having any real impact? No. Quite the opposite, crime rakes in about $1 trillion per year, at the expense of the entire human race. The ridiculous War on Drugs simply bankrolled organized crime, which now contaminates and corrupts just about all sectors of business. No Think, not surprisingly and as usual, has no answers and no ideas.
Yes, this could go on forever, and I’m not going to waste my time or yours on the very long list of subjects. The real issue is the No Think problem. If you don’t think about possible outcomes, you’re going to hit the fan sooner or later. If you don’t model and plan, you don’t have either a model or a real plan.
No Think = No Criticism
One thing that fascinates me about No Think is that all forms of criticism are blocked, however ineptly. Facts are ignored, ideas are simply not developed, and practical issues are rarely mentioned. Even the theory of public, let alone expert, input and criticism is simply absurd in most cases.
Not helping matters much is the fact that in many cases the criticism, particularly expert criticism, isn’t even understood. If your mindset is that A to B = making money, then no criticism is likely to be seriously considered. If the mindset is tail protection, then criticism is very unlikely to be acted upon.
A con man is a good example. The last thing a con man wants a victim to do is think. The fewer risks the victim is aware of, the better. Now apply that theory to global finance. See how those ridiculous, impossible Third World and Greek loan scenarios fit so well in to No Think business? No Think is a built-in barrier to accurate assessment of anything. If you don’t think, you can’t argue.
No Think Executive Culture
C.N. Parkinson, author of Parkinson’s Law, made a very accurate assessment of No Think. He said that the targets are very close, so scoring is high. This is a type of incrementalism, the sort that claims that a 1% increase in something or saving money on wages by sacking staff is some sort of achievement.
It isn’t, and can’t be. The nominal figures are also open to debate, given that you’ve just lost your income-earning staff, and that 1% barely equates to inflation. You’ve met your pathetic goals, and patted yourself on the back, but nothing much has actually been done.
Now imagine a world invested in endless executive meetings, where this is the default method of doing quite literally everything. Whether it’s education, health, or a war, this No Think is based on minimal actual logic, perspective, or anything else which could be called mental activity of any kind.
Political No Think is roughly similar, and can be society-wide. The French Revolution against monarchy resulted in an Emperor, Napoleon. The great egalitarian Bolshevik revolution resulted in an oligarchy of privilege for some, and death and misery for millions.
Military No Think
The longest-running and best documented example of No Think is military. In the very first recorded battle in history, a Pharaoh rewrote history so that he was seen as the main hero in winning the battle of Megiddo. The Crusades were recorded as noble adventures in the name of God, but were in fact sleazy, personal-empire-building, failures involving massacres of everybody, including Christians. The Thirty Years’ War decimated central Europe as badly as the Plague, but was always portrayed as a religious cleansing by BOTH sides.
In World War One, the idea that unprotected human beings charging machine guns was a bad move took 3 years, and millions of casualties, to sink in. World War One itself was totally unnecessary, but its No Think logic paved the way for Hitler, World War 2, and everything else that followed at the expense of slaughtering two generations. The War to End All Wars produced nothing BUT more wars.
Talk about counterproductive – The British Empire, which had absolutely no reason to get involved at all in World War One, started itself on the way to oblivion. The Austrians, who started the war, lost their empire, as did the Russians and Germans. France, the unwilling host of the worst of the war, turned in to a gigantic graveyard from the Channel to the Swiss border.
In Vietnam, 50 years later, no amount of tactical or political information seemed to make the slightest difference. A No Think political mindset ignored both the successes and the failures. Having discarded the military option and obviously not considered any others, it tried for that most untrustworthy of escapes, a “political solution” which definitively lost the war.
This is No Think incarnate – Stupid, thoughtless decisions based on nothing resembling real logic. The 20th century was the warning. The 21st century may well be the tombstone.
The world can’t afford this type of super-idiocy any more. If you’re not thinking, you can’t really be in control of anything. Situations need to be managed. The next big mistake may be the last. All problems can be solved. Mistakes can be rectified. If they’re not, it’s well past time to go, humanity. Nobody’s wearing T shirts saying “Save the Stupid”, are they?
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