“Fact: Your uncanny ability to deny reality will have a huge impact on your potential success in your future reality!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
For the last month, I’ve long wondered what an insurrectionist might put on their LinkedIn profile.
Or whether an adherent to Q, selling real estate during the and day and researching space-based fire-starting lasers at night, knows that they really should invest in a straightjacket. Or how a high profile American hero with whom I’ve shared the stage at a few high profile events has quite obviously and publicly stepped off the edge into the abyss of insanity.
As a futurist, the fact that large numbers of people have chosen to jump into a fantasyland of delusional thinking has obvious implications for our future. The first is that they probably don’t have one. The second is that over the long term, a higher “quotient of crazy” within a region has long term implications for the overall economic success going forward, both on a regional and national basis. What CEO wants to place highly specialized equipment, entrust business secrets, or invest in workforce training for a group of people who believe that there are cannibals about it?
My mind boggles.
I’ve said before and I will repeat it again – I used to obsess over some of the evaluations to my keynotes in which a small minority of the audience gave me dismal rankings, disputing the future that I was sharing. I used to think it was due to the quality of my insight and a failure in my delivery. I now know that probably a few of them were already falling down into the rabbit hole of what is truly a cult of digitally shared madness.
As a futurist, I can’t ignore the reality of what is happening here. We do need to file this “reality deficient” checklist item into the ‘future risk’ category of trends. We need to be aware that the success of a region and nation will come from its ability to bring the majority of its people back into reality. Based in Canada, I feel rather fortunate, in that we seem to not be mostly nuts.
Not only that, but other regions have an opportunity, at this moment in time, to capitalize on the existence of this mass delusion, because workforce stability must now be judged on the new attribute of unstable lunacy. If I were a leader of another country, I’d hang out a new banner to corporate CEOs – “Relocate to our country – we’re not nuts!”