Fake it till you make it


“Fake it till you make it”, the well used mantra of many eager beavers in the business world, is truly making it way into the mainstream. Every new wave of technology brings new concepts, tools, and devices. What are you going to do? Do you admit that you don’t have a clue? Do you take an uninformed stand against the “useless technology fads”? Or do you fake it long enough that you eventually learn the new technology?

If you don’t fit into any of the these boxes, then you  are probably starting to rethink high level concepts, and question high level processes driving the economy. I myself have recently had such an awakening.

Consider some of the trends that are ongoing right now:

  • Green Economy (more 1, more 2)
  • Work Less, Less Stuff, More Life (more 1, more 2)
  • Universal Health Care
  • Clean Coal
  • Bike to Work

The problem with “Fake it till you make it” for these topics is that you are assuming that the outcomes of these initiatives are going to be beneficial to you in the long run. I am going to try not to just learn how to use the new devices that come out. I think as citizens we have a greater responsibility to demand products that have lasting benefits to the countries we live in.

Lately I have been finding it truely difficult to find information on these latest trends that is not biased heavily by economical or political agendas. Lately we hear so much about climate change and that it is fact. I tend to agree with the evidence that supports this claim, yet their are apposing arguments also based in science that make a logical case for the contrary.

So my struggle is about who to beleive. I think I would have more confidence in praying about who to believe that to try to sort out all the evidence myself. The citizens deserve transparancy, but companies and entrepeneurs also deserve to make a profit off the green economy. I heard a lot of talk about “Green Washing” and how add a shiny “hybrid” decal to the back of their high-end luxury automobiles. While the company as whole continue to get more efficient at producing more and more products. For example, technology has continually made cleaner and cleaner types of fuel. Wood, Coal, Gasoline, etc… but with the advancements came the ability to produce more and more of that product. So the goal to be cleaner was thwarted by the goal to produce more. Is Clean Coal just another chance to produce more? I think it probably is.

I think we need a culture change not another technology revolution.

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