Are rich people smarter than the rest of us? If you're rich or wanna be rich, you may want to check this out. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
The short answer to this enduring question is no. Rich people aren't inherently smarter than the rest of us, but they have more proximity to money. That is, they have more access to the tools that create material wealth in society. Some would argue that being in proximity to money is the thing that makes rich people smarter than us. Let's look at that....
Structural racism and classism can support incompetent rich people while suppressing really smart poor people. Systems that support material wealth don't necessarily coincide with systems that support smart decision makers.
Rich people, on average, are luckier than many other people, and there's math to prove it. Even more, that luck is enhanced if you're born in the right country that puts a high premium on material gain, with the right infrastructure and with the right social mobility tools. This throws a wrench into the idea often championed by motivational speakers that everyone has the same chance at being rich...it's just your thoughts that set you apart. Thoughts increase the odds, but support, infrastructure and luck make all the difference....
Something called "Survivorship Bias" can fool us into believing that if we simply follow a model set by a particular rich person, we too will be rich --- something often pitched by the latest best-selling book. The reality is that becoming rich or super rich is much more random and not necessarily based on being smart or following a model.
And measuring your intelligence based on your income (be you rich , or not so rich) is also false reasoning......
There is no support for the idea that rich people are inherently smarter, collectively, than everyone else. This is important because of the trending idea they are. This key understanding can help us make better leadership choices, knowing that the rich are not necessarily better decision makers than the rest of us.
The magic that rich people have in American society is not more brains than the average person, but more proximity to wealth than the average person.
The massive trend toward disinformation and 3 things you can do to protect yourself. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
We are living in the golden age of lies, fakes and disinformation.
If you're not concerned about this development, you should be. It's one thing when individuals lie to us (as most people will at some point in your life). It's another thing when gigantic systemic infrastructures have been set up to not passively lie to you, but aggressively confuse your thoughts, neuter your individual will and stifle your thinking. There is a trend around the world to fully harness the influence of social media to consolidate power and control though disinformation. It sounds quite Orwellian, but developments across the planet show that the Orwellian nightmare is here and has become woven into the very fabric of societies....
The consequences of normalizing this are vast....
I often say in my presentations that disinformation isn't necessarily effective if it convinces you to come over to it's way of thinking (although that is always an end goal). It is effective when it confuses you and overwhelms you with so much information that you simply choose to check out. The modern term for this is "Censorship Through Noise". This kind of censorship means you no longer are engaged in championing something that represents you or your ideas. You simply become quiet or de facto complicit to the disinformation. Low information voters are particularly vulnerable to this. Its just easier for them to follow the path of least resistance, that is, the path they are being spoon fed what to think. Overall, the end result of a sustained attack on agreed truths is the breakdown in basic trust. No one trusts the government. No one trusts the media. No one trusts anyone. Remember, the core of a representative society is that it functions on a set of agreed trusts.
What can we do?
All of my data says we can do 3 things right now to establish a beach head against the wave of disinformation.
1. You must take regular breaks from you electronic media. The addictive nature of social media makes this extremely difficult, but certainly not impossible. At the very least, you should not make it the first thing you do in the morning....https://vulcanpost.com/602607/social-media-morning-routine-negative/
2. Always check the news source that provides you with the story. It's easy to click through the name of the writer or provider of the story. Follow it down the rabbit hole to see who this person or organization is. Chances are good you'll see if they come from a particular slant or bias. That doesn't necessarily mean the information is false, especially if it's from a reputable source. It only means you should take in consideration that they have a particular position which may or may not tell you the whole truth. The best sources are the ones that share their position regularly so that you are made aware of it.
3. Look for other reports to compare. Finding comparative reports to what you are reading is far easier than it was just a few years ago. If the subject means that much to you, dig a bit deeper. The times we live in demand it.
We live in a strange new world. You can no longer be intellectually lazy when it comes to where you get your information. You'll have to verify what your reading or watching is a truth that you're willing to go to bat for. That's the only way a representative democracy, in all it's forms, will be able to survive and thrive.
Chet W. Sisk is an author and one of the world's leading Social Futurists. He is also expert on the current world paradigm shift. Find out more about him and the LEAD Global Team at www.leadtheshift.com or you can write him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org