Values and the Cult of New
Has Silicon Valley embraced disruption merely for the sake of disruption? Must everything be disrupted? Should we chase after the new merely because it is new? We should have a deeper basis for doing what we are doing.
There are different ethics we may consider. For example we could have Trumpian pursuit of money and pride. We could be a people pleaser and do whatever makes people happy. We could have Muskian dream of colonizing mars.
If these values are permanent, we must consider their practical significance within the context of fail fast ideology. The fail fast tells us we should try things quickly, and then move on if they fail. What should we do if our ethical principle do not lead to success? This can derive from a number of factors. Maybe, we just haven’t succeeded yet, and should stay the course. Maybe, others do not agree with our ethics. Maybe, the ideas derived from our principles are just not meant to work, but it is no real critique of our principles.
Different groups have dealt with consequences of failure of their ideologies in different ways. At the extreme end some cults have committed suicide or launched wars after their ideas have failed. The samurai committing seppuku might also be in this group. Others regroup and look for another way to apply their ideas. The Puritans couldn’t try their utopia in England and migrated to America. Still others may abandon their ideals and be driven by desperation to survive.
We might judge a permanence of character if one maintains their core ideals in the face of adversity. Still, beneath these surface notions much may change. If we can identify our core values, and live by them we may have greater flexibility to alter other aspects of our beliefs and still remain pure to our core.
If seek to pursue our highest of values and goals, we can build our beliefs and actions to fit these goals. We must merely come back our core values every time we are uncertain of what action to take. We can still have heuristics to decide our actions, but we will still have a basis of clarity.