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Street Smart VS Book Smart

I take one-on-one lessons at an English conversation school to have in-depth talks about information that 90% of people do not know.

Currently we are focucing on the following PDF: Scenarios for the Future of Technology and International Development.

I cannot change the world only by myself. However, I believe that by deciphering their schemes, we can learn to see things more dispassionately and live more wisely.

Knowledge is power, you know?

LOCK STEP – A world of tighter top-down government control and more authoritarian eadership, with limited innovation and growing citizen pushback
CLEVER TOGETHER – A world in which highly coordinated and successful strategies emerge for addressing both urgent and entrenched worldwide issues
HACK ATTACK – An economically unstable and shock-prone world in which governments weaken, criminals thrive, and dangerous innovations emerge
SMART SCRAMBLE – An economically depressed world in which individuals and communities develop localized, makeshift solutions to a growing set of problems

I read the first scenario, LOCK STEP, and found it a little difficult to continue reading because the content was incredibly scary.

I have mentioned many times in this blog that Japanese education is rote-oriented and indoctrinated.

The more educated you are, the more likely you are to be a wait-for-directions person who can only move according to a manual, i.e., book smart.

They do as they are told by others, such as "the government said this, so the information is correct," or "someone in authority said this, so I will follow it," etc. They never doubt, even if there are contradictions mixed in.

They are like a flock of sheep. Because they all say the same thing.

They do not have critical thinking.

They are oblivious to the contradictions, so they assume that the ideas of the government and those at higher levels are great, without realizing that they are in a situation where they could lose the most important thing.

What the most important thing? - Soverengnty.

The more things we take for granted, the less we appreciate their existence.

Since I have made it a habit to write in my notebook while thinking, the content of Twitter and other social networking sites has become childish to me.

It is never constructive to put down and abuse those who are in a different position than you.

When I pointed them out on Twitter, someone else replied to the tweet. I was speechless when he said, "They're idiots, so they're swearing in a way that idiots can understand." That is so ridiculous.

The highly educated and studious book smarts despise the less educated street smarts.

Which one can survive, you think?