As someone once said, “cruelty is the point.” As a result, much of the psychological burden of entrepreneurship and strategy which I spoke of in a previous blog post stems from the fact that entrepreneurship and strategy – the basic pillars of which are foresight and intuition – are carried out in a system upheld by its own two pillars, namely, cruelty and repression. Having the “Department of Justice” examine pictures of your personal library on LinkedIn while Twitter places a malfunction on the blue check marks of a direct message on Twitter with a colleague and friend in London are just flashes of the tidal wave of cruelty and repression that can emanate from people in the bureaucracy and the mainstream media.
I have had people tell me that Donald Trump “lifted the mask” off of preexisting cruelty and repression within the system. Thus, with the removal of Trump in 2020, the mask is back on, but the cruelty and repression still remain to a large extent. In turn, when we speak of “change” and “reform,” what we are essentially calling for is the transformation of a cruel and repressive system into something more humane and open. People of color in the United States often testify to the cruelty and repression of the system. But the cruelty and repression of the system are felt throughout the globe by all walks of life, and what teachers and writers like myself do is give voice to those who feel the cruelty and repression, but cannot articulate it or explain it properly. Also, picking and choosing who to advocate for is an insincere and sinister form of advocacy. If we are to advocate for one, then we should advocate for all.
Thus, when teachers, writers, academics, and journalists speak of a “historical process,” we are essentially talking about the transformation of a cruel and repressive system into something humane and open through both individual and collective efforts. Educated people such as teachers, writers, academics, and journalists are best equipped to facilitate this historical process, because educated people have “integrated” conscious and subconscious forces through an exhaustive education, to borrow from Maslow. Educated people have learned to sublimate the subconscious in a way that transforms the conscious level which in turn is responsible for much of the cruelty and repression that people of color as well as other groups around the world complain about.
Although it is an uphill battle and struggle to transform cruelty and repression into something humane and open, intuitive and sensitive individuals who form the intelligentsia of a society that is now global in scope have no choice but to sublimate their subconscious energies and project them out into the conscious open in order to transform the cruelty and repression of the system into something humane and open. This is essentially where the “Spin of the Wheel” behind entrepreneurship and strategy which Napoleon Hill highlighted comes from.
Finally, if belief and faith in a “historical process” which suggests that individual and collective efforts will eventually transform a cruel and repressive system into something more humane and open does not amount to a “Spin of the Wheel,” then the terms “entrepreneurship” and “strategy” are essentially meaningless.