City or Country Living
The topic of the city or country living came up for me when I was listening to a Scott Adams periscope. If you are not familiar with Scott Adams, I recommend that you look him up. He has been writing the Dilbert comic for many, many years now. And while he has written various Dilbert books, I prefer his recent works, How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life and his latest book, Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Fact Don’t Matter. There is another, God’s Debris: A Thought Experiment that is also a good one. You can find his periscopes on Twitter and his Twitter handle is @ScottAdamsSays. I follow his work because he talks about our emotional nature a lot. He uses reason, but really focuses on the power of persuasion which is what his last two books are about.
In How to Fail at Almost Anything and Still Win Big he gives a lot of information about his own life. He uses various life experiences and how he dealt with them to illustrate the power of persuading your own mind. There is a chapter on weight loss that is particularly popular. He details his use of affirmations which I found informative. This is a topic that was popular in the 1980s and 90s but has been left adrift as we moved on to other topics. Affirmations and Visualization were activities that I used effectively back then. Affirmations may make a new appearance as How to Fail and Still Win becomes more popular. His books are pretty popular.
I’ve put links to his books and periscope feed via twitter in the show notes. I really enjoy listening to his perspectives. As my podcast is about opening minds to new perspectives and possibilities, his perspective is particularly interesting to me. He has very unique perspectives as times. Not always, but a lot of times. And one of those perspectives has to do with Smart Cities. He has a periscope on this topic. He has many Periscopes and I don’t have that specific one in the show notes. However, in that Periscope he showed a rudimentary whiteboard drawing he had made. He talked about his ideas regarding the economy, efficiency and convenience of his proposed idea for a Smart City.
He mentioned that Bill Gates has bought land in Arizona and is planning to build a city in alignment with his idea, complete with the latest technology. Smart Cities are planned to use technology in order to create a great living experience for those living in the community. The ideas are very interesting, innovative and creative in using the current technology to the best advantage. The draw for the project is that living would be much less expensive, yet comfortable. People could go on about the business of socializing and entertaining themselves while having a comfortable living arrangement that involved almost no stress pertaining to affordability. In other words, the goals of the people living in these planned cities would be to live well, socialize and entertain themselves. They would be able to do it cheaply – or perhaps more efficiently is a better word.
It’s an interesting concept and I can see how it would appeal to a lot of people. However, when someone recently asked a question during another Scott Adams periscope, I was triggered. The question was, “how do rural people fit into the plan?” The plan was for all of America and he responded with “I think you’re going to see mass migrations in the future. The rural people just moving because you could live at half the cost with a better home and better town.” I put a link in the show notes for this periscope and the location in the production where he says these things.
There is a lot of other information in any given periscope, and he often starts off with one topic and then riffs into other things according to what the audience is asking for. In the periscope where he answers the question about how rural people fit into the “Smart City” plan, the title is about the tax bill and he first talks about how it will affect him. He even answers a question about whether he would move out of California if it passes with the elimination of the State tax credit. More on that kind of move later. That is what led to the discussion of the Smart cities and the people making moves in that direction.
Anyway, he made this statement about rural people and I immediately disagreed with his premise. I often have different viewpoints and perspectives on what he talks about, but this one struck home with me – literally in my backyard – and it got me to thinking about why people choose to live in rural areas or cities. Where I strongly disagree with Scott is the two premises he makes about the motivation of people who live in rural areas moving to a “Smart City”. He stated that thinks there will be this mass migration because of living for half the cost – not something I think people living in rural areas are concerned with – and then the statement of having access to a “better town” and a “better home” came across my filter as subjective with no basis in reality other than a thought or feeling in his head. What does that even mean? A better town? A better home? Compared to what?
- Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter, by Scott Adams
- How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life, by Scott Adams
- God’s Debris: A Thought Experiment, by Scott Adams
- Scott Adams Twitter @ScottAdamsSays
- Scott Adams Periscope Feed where he talks about CNN hallucinating (literally) that Trump is crazy: Planned City by Bill Gates (42:30) and How do Rural People Fit Into the Plan 43:40
- Daily Mail: Christmas Day 2017 Downtown Los Angeles
- Daily Caller: 450,000 People Fled These 3 Deep Blue States
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