Monday, December 14, 2015

The Matthew effect

" For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken even that which he hath. " 

This effect seems to be more and more important as we get wealthier and wealthier as group and yet individually we get poorer and poorer. It's like you are playing monopoly and the bank has 90% of the money distributed and the other players now fight for the leftovers.

With new technology raising hopes for better lives for many people and even to extend life beyond the life expectancies we now have, it is more important than ever, because all the technology that could help us could be held hostage by people with the most of money and power.

Now that I think of it, maybe they can beta test it so that by the time it comes to the less fortunate it is more stable and reliable.
This is one of the challenges I see when we enter the Transhumanistic future.
But even now, we can talk about the financial aspect of it but the informational aspect is in my eyes just as bad. Let me explain :

People who are in need of help AND had little education often don't think that much of themselves out of shame and will therefore less likely to ask for further info and help.
People who are in need but had a lot of good quality education are more likely to ask for more information and help when needed.

I don't like where this is going at all !

Help is on the way!

Democratising of information and resources seems to be a huge concern moving forward.
The internet is a very valuable tool for democratising information but can be monopolised by a few big corporations who also have a hand in politics, by giving campaign money to politicians. So we need to watch over it and dare to make noise when something happens that can harm its freedom.

The EFF - Electronic frontier foundation is a great organisation that looks out for the freedom of the internet. ( )

Making noise works btw. Policies that are harmful pass the vote because nobody notices it.

They make the law text so boring, dry and difficult that you don't want to know what it says.

It's like those "agreements" for Itunes and updates for other apps that we automatically click yes too because who has time to read that boring stuff.

Politicians worry about their image because it influences polls and votes . When the public makes noise about a bad policy that only helps the politicians bank account they can't slip it by congress unnoticed without harm to their image.

Make noise!

I encourage every person to think about what all the resources can be that can be held hostage.
If we forget it. The people keeping it hostage will not tell us.

Just as aristocracy was a way to create a divide that establishes privileges and give the rich more richness, just so are many constitutions being used to create a divide that they want to go unnoticed.

The more we fight among ourselves the less we notice.

Notice, for instance, how rigged the elections are when politicians are sponsored by corporations.
Lobbyists make sure that policies and bills benefit their corporations instead of the people.
The lobbyists from corporations that sponsor a politician also make sure that it benefits the politician of course.

This big wheel of money is not concerned about you. It will rather crush you.
Luckily, the organisation ( is helping people to be more aware of the trap that is set up for us.

The same seems to be true about resources,like food, but it must be said that it isn't always the fault of the shop owners that they throw away so much food that is still edible instead of giving it to people in need. There seems to be a misconception that when you donate food and the person gets sick of the food you can get sued. So shop owners are still afraid to do so. But the worst is that they have to pay tax in order to be able to donate it so it's cheaper to throw it away.

These are only a few of the ways that the abundance there is can not reach those who need it.

It is also therefore that I encourage people to rethink the way we design things.

To see how we can do more with less. This is called Ephemeralization:

It's never over !

The fight is never over. Even when the laws change for the better or we get freedom to get the information we want. People in power can always try again or somebody else will try. We must stay alert and guard our own liberties.

Stay alert. Stay together. Stay strong!