The Problem with Problem-Solvers

Bacteria in a Petri dish with some food and water would create the above growth-decay (g-d) curve. This type of g-d cycle and its key phases are common to all life forms, small and big. Animals and humans follow the same cycles, even higher “beings” such as stock markets and civilizations.

Human society, unlike the little ignorant bacteria in Petri dish, is multi-faceted and proactive. Although each civilization has gone through the g-d cycle many times, the overall human existence has followed an upward climbing spiral; due to the creative elites and their strength in knowledge transfer, and in “dealing with the problem”.

As long as we live, we are faced with the problems of Growth, Stagnation and Decay. Don’t believe the “Problem-Solvers”, because we are the problem. Revolutionary problem-solvers (who claim to have the final solution, ideology or religion) usually end up destroying entire societies. Look at the Iranian revolution, the Hitler fascism or the Cambodia communism. An ultimate problem-solver becomes an ultimate destroyer, in pursuit of the “final solution”.

Sadly, when we are stuck in one part of the cycle, it is hard to see the bigger picture. The 1970’s Shah Era rapid expansion turned us Iranians cocky and crazy. Everyone was expecting everything, fast! We wanted it now, and we felt that we deserved it all. If it wasn’t there … it was Shah’s fault … it was America’s fault. So the problem-solvers prescribed revolution.

Now, the Ahmaghi Nutjob decline is causing much depression and dejection among most Iranians. We feel totally trapped, with no way out. Regime lobbies announce that Iran is just about to crash and burn into 100 miserable pieces, if people rise to ask for their basic human rights. So the problem-solvers are prescribing inaction.

We can also learn from the more advanced civilizations. Considering the large number of educated and knowledgeable Iranians, I am hopeful that these dark nights will be soon over. Although some collapse and destruction is inevitable, it can lead to revival; and is definitely better than inaction.

Will a democratic government solve Iran’s problems? No, as long as we live and breathe, we will be the problem! Democracy, free-enterprise and human rights can only open our minds and hands, to be enabled to “deal with the problem”.

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