Curious and Idle

Two more interesting facts or statistics which CNN interestingly admitted to and ceded to yesterday was that about 90 percent of all Trump-backed candidates in recent Republican primary elections have won their races, in addition to the fact that about half of the American population have given up their careers and jobs and are otherwise known as “quiet quitters.” In turn, these “quiet quitters” serve as the basis and foundation for the broader economic and social phenomenon which has overtaken American government and society in recent years, namely, the “Great Resignation.” 

Whether these two facts or social phenomena – namely, the ever-growing curiosity and idleness on one hand and Trump on the other hand – are interconnected and interlinked is something worth exploring and investigating. But as I mentioned before, the fact that about half of the country is now accustomed to being idle and curious and that many more people are willing to join them will have economic, political, and social consequences and implications for the country as a whole, and whether these consequences and implications will be beneficial or detrimental for the country is something we will know down the road. 

Hence, the combination of having half the country idle and curious, the desire on the part of many other Americans to join the idle and curious crowd, and Trump’s grip over American government and society prompts the urgent need for a reorganization of American economic and social life. How the reorganization of economic and social life should occur is a discussion and debate to which all Americans who are informed and have an educated opinion can contribute. What complicates the reorganization effort, however, is the effects and outcome of decades of war and the effects of a global financial crisis. Arguably, the effects and outcome of decades of war and the effects of a global financial crisis are the direct causes of curiosity, idleness, and Trump. 

Nevertheless, the reorganization of economic and social life or the lack thereof will be confounded or complemented by social realities such as complexity, paradox, and the overall uncertainty of our situation which I have highlighted in previous blog posts. And in terms of whether the outcome of a social reality that is currently brewing beneath the surface and in turn is defined by curiosity, idleness, and Trump will be a good one or bad one for America and the world at-large, the answer is that most likely, the outcome of such a social reality which is currently brewing underneath the surface will not be beneficial or good for the world. 

However, while the lack of management and the lack of organization around American economic and social life as well as the lack of management and organization around international affairs is hard to deny, one must also be open to the possibility that the lack of management and lack of organization is something that can be overcome and resolved through a collective and collaborative effort. And in a sense, this collective and collaborative effort is something in which everyone holds a stake, because the consequences and adverse outcomes which will result from the absence or lack of a collective and collaborative effort to overcome a lack of management and organization is something which none of us would be able to escape. Climate change and a mental health epidemic are just some of the consequences and adverse outcomes which have resulted from decades of mismanagement and lack of organization around international affairs. 

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