An Economy of Secrets
I have been studying market trends for some time now. I have been trying to keep an eye out for my break. I have always wanted to be the next big thing. The next unicorn. I just needed the right information.
Then I took some time to examine my own mental health. This gave me the information that I so desperately sought. I had been programmed over a decade in industry to pursue money. In doing so, I became a pretty good programmer. I doubled my salary in less than 10 years. I just kept chasing a dream that I couldn’t catch. That’s when I realized I had been chasing the wrong thing. I suspect many of you are too.
The economy and my mental health have one thing in common. Secrets.
I have written previously about the economy and why I feel there is a problem. It has to do with the shift from value being in physical goods to the value being in data. Data is the key to the future. He who controls the data, controls the money.
It’s Time To Give The Invisible Hand Of The Market a High Five
The Economy Is Broken. Here’s How To Fix It.
This has created an interesting effect. It has created an economy of secrets. Trade secrets, company secrets, all kinds of secrets. We see people sharing their “secrets” they have discovered all the time online.
I think this idea of secrets has messed up some of our minds. Personally, during my own journey to find and keep mental health, I realized something. I didn’t have anyone in my life that I was completely honest with. Not my wife, not my family, not even myself.
I did this because of the power of secrets. Bad things can easily exist in the shadows. My mental health was a good example of that. I put on a smile. I acted like I was happy. I turned myself into a robot. Nobody wanted or needed to see my innermost thoughts. So I just kept them to myself.
I saw the same thing online. I saw people get hurt, repeatedly, online. I talked to those who were hurt. I tried to understand them. I talked to some who were doing the hurting. I tried to understand them as well.
I never tried to understand myself.
I was a secret. Nobody needed to know who I was. Not even me.
There is power in information. If I keep secrets, I can therefore keep power. Right?
I am of the opinion that we are all too focused on secrets. I have been trying to figure my own out through a combination of reflection and writing. It occurred to me that secrets are actually against human nature. We are built to communicate. Secrets hamper, not aid, communication. I think this is giving all of us some extreme cognitive dissonance.
Personally, I am starting to try to do things a little differently. I am posting more writing than I would have ever dreamed of doing. This is my way to open up to the world, but on my own terms. I started trying on Twitter, but that didn’t end well for me.
Into The Belly of the Beast
A Case Study on how Information can be used to Manipulate Emotions
I have a lot of things to figure out. I encourage you to join me on my journey. I will keep writing about it. There is always more to write.