Silicon Valley Has A “Problem” Problem
Riva-Melissa Tez

In the spirit of your own writing, are you really framing a “problem” here? This sounds like semantics to me, and in the interest of actually getting things done and making the world a better place, has little value.

Defining a “problem” in the first place is so subjective. Yes, there are people struggling with fundamental things that we in the developed world don’t even think about. But is it reasonable to expect each person on this planet to have regard only for the most suffering individuals? We all have a skill, a talent, a passion, a vision, and those things are heavily influenced by the environments that surround us. It is a true thing of beauty when someone born outside of a struggling community feels compelled to become a part of it and have a positive impact, and the world is absolutely a better place for having those people.

But you can’t turn around and shake your head at those who don’t do that, who have other kinds of visions and passions, and then have the faith and courage to act upon them. Silicon Valley is a special place where people think differently, and there’s no reason to discourage that just because someone in an impoverished community doesn’t have access to basic resources. The world is a mixing pot of ideas and people, and it has a flow and a balance to it. And who knows, the kind of thinking that brought us services like Postmates and Uber may be setting the stage for something much more far-reaching than our petty desire for time and efficiency, or wanting to lay in bed and watch another episode on Netflix. You just can’t discount that. Insight and innovation are so dynamic and ever-changing, it would be a tragedy to silence anything that seemed to have nothing to do with any of the “real problems” you’ve mentioned.

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