Repost: The Tragedy of Light

http://thefutureprimaeval.net/the-tragedy-of-light/

“Nerds, who understand better than anyone the power and value of technology, often act as though understanding technology alone is enough to bring influence. They systematically underestimate the importance of actively seeking power, whether on a small scale in office politics, or on a grand scale as powerful, active investors or CEOs. Light’s instinct was to rely heavily on the power that’s the Death Note gave him, paying no attention to gaining conventional political power or even creating a pseudonymous public persona, even when both of these tactics would have greatly helped him to realize his goals…
Peter Thiel has pointed out the remarkable fact that aside for some very brief, very contingent points in history, inventors of new technologies have captured almost none of the value that they created through those technologies. Even though science itself is a powerful force, and innovation extraordinarily valuable, it’s a mistake to assume that individual scientists and innovators are themselves powerful.”

They expect others will be fair like a teacher doling out grades. Except as an adult there are no teachers, only other competition.

They also tend to assume power will be given based on ability, like responsibility at school.

Fair play is a white Western (WEIRD) concept based in individualism, and we still have sociopaths.

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