OUR QUEST: TO THRIVE IN UNCERTAINTY
The world is becoming increasingly uncertain. But consider a few general facts about our modern lives before that feeling of uncertainty takes over.
Technology has helped us become more connected than we’ve ever been. It used to be that the metaphorical butterfly flapped its wings and we’d experience the effects years later. Today, repercussions are nearly immediate. The instant fluctuations in the stock market or the effect of a disease outbreak like Coronavirus are prime examples.
But while we’re increasingly connected, we seem to have less control over our fates—as individuals, organizations, communities, or countries. This could be one reason for the resurgence of political isolationism. By cutting off our connections to the outside world and eliminating certain variables out of our control, we might feel more in control locally. With regulatory systems that attempt to control the behavior of the populace, you can see this shift in places like China or North Korea, and even liken it to other cult-like mentalities that align with a core set of values.
While this strategy might have worked in the past, it is ultimately delusional in our modern world where no one can be an informational island. Global connections are the new reality. Breaking connections to the outside world is no longer fruitful. Figuring out how to thrive within an increasingly uncertain system is. We’ve been doing it for millions of years. After all, nature’s solution is not to diminish diversity, but to integrate across it.
Connectivity engenders complexity. Life is getting more complex every minute. And to thrive, our brains must do the same.
Work is a natural example. Did you know that the most in-demand jobs in 2010 didn’t exist six years earlier in 2004? The positions of today might disappear tomorrow while the jobs of tomorrow may have not yet been imagined. That means as children prepare for the real world, they’re being educated for jobs that will be outdated by the time they get there.
These complexities cannot go unnoticed. They call for change and flexibility from everyone involved. That may be why the most sought-after skill of today’s workforce is one that can’t be honed with 10,000 hours of experience. That’s right: adaptability.
Local vs Global Challenges
Connections lead to complexity. And complexity means that the challenges we face are no longer local. There’s no such thing as an isolated incident anymore. Everything is global.
The environment offers the most perilous and pressing example. By 2050, forecasts predict there will be more plastic in the sea than fish. Unless our bodies quickly evolve to digest plastic, or thrive in environments of extreme climatic stress, we’ll be naturally selected out as the world naturally balances itself.
A lofty solution: maintain and construct environments that are symbiotic with those who we share the world.
So where are the solutions to these omnipresent challenges? Nature.
Nature has been solving the challenge of uncertainty for millions of years. More than this, as an evolved creature yourself, the answer resides inside you. Your own brain and body are solutions to the challenge of ambiguity, to uncertainty. Your brain is plastic. It’s evolved to evolve. It’s adapted to adapt.
Come with us on our quest to thrive in uncertainty.
Written by: Beau Lotto.Find out more