Planting an idea virus?

Middle age blond immigrant who works in Delhi for a famous NGO walks into the store and selects a couple of books.

During the course of her visit to the store she says what she does for a living and talks about the tragedy that happened in Nepal (that is still happening). I ask her if she has heard of 3D printing, she says she vaguely has an idea about it. I suggest that their organization gets in touch with Contour Crafting and rebuild the nation-stat.

Contour Crafting is an organization that can 3D print houses in 2 days flat, not sure if the potential sunk in, (sometimes when the opportunity arises, an ideal thing to do is plant an idea virus, the higher the level of the host in society the better.) She then mentions that she is going to the Maldives for a short seminar, wow the islands are great, the water is clear, the diving is awesome and the people are really friendly.

She then drops a bomb…


Planting an idea virus.

I think the Maldivians are such a wonderful people, if there were any people that I would choose to rule the world – it would be the Maldivians. Now the thing which was striking was that this came from a leader who runs a huge NGO. Was she trying to say that the people are great and thereby would be good rulers? or was she saying that the strangle hold of the dictatorship is the way forward, not democracy?

I get the bit of the requirement for some sort dictatorship situation for a state to succeed, Lee Kan Yew ring a bell? Well Singapore is a role model in the east, which has successfully sustained itself despite ALL recent hiccups (Asian crisis-circa 1997) the recent financial crisis (2008). The former Prime Ministers words were “I do not believe that democracy necessarily leads to development.” “The exuberance of democracy leads to undisciplined and disorderly conditions.” “what a country needs to develop is more discipline more than democracy.”

Perhaps she was talking about the achievements of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom who has ruled as the President of the Maldives, with fist in a velvet glove for over 30 years. Perhaps democracy is not such a good thing. Politicians depend on the votes of the masses who they have to entice by offering benefits which  essentially come from the people themselves. Say the sovereign debt of the United states alone is a good enough example, want another? The EU and its existential monetary crisis/policy.

Perhaps a better way for humanity is to change, become more humane or perhaps Democracy as we know it is not functioning and it requires change, which will happen whether we like it or not. Wanna know more?

Read The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State Book by Adrian Wooldridge and John Micklethwait


The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State


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