The Purpose of Human Rethink
Permanent or persistent economic underdevelopment is a problem that has plagued the former colonies of the West since they attained political independence. We have devised a solution for this problem and our goal is to present it here. In the process, we address in depth critical issues that have been systematically and universally ignored.
The problem of permanent or persistent underdevelopment appears to be the most difficult problem we have ever faced. Its consequences are dire and widespread. Yet, the problem has successfully resisted all the measures used by humans for solving big, difficult problems. Money, intellectual inquiry, and educational training have all come up short.
The Elephant in the Room
The problem of persistent underdevelopment remains unsolved because it is never investigated or discussed in its full extent and context. “Elephant in the Room” is the metaphor that best describes the deliberate and systematic omission of the fundamental cause of persistent underdevelopment that any viable solution MUST address.
Generally, “elephant in the room” is defined as an issue that is obvious to everyone who is familiar with a problem but which is deliberately ignored by all. In our case, persistent underdevelopment and its symptoms are the problem. The issue that is ignored is the central reason why underdevelopment exists. We discuss the issue throughout this site in its various contexts.
Since there is a long history of failed remedies for persistent underdeveloped, learned policymakers, academics, and experts who grapple with the problem for a living can easily predict that conventional remedies won’t work in the future either. Nevertheless, they ignore the obvious and engage in the sham of development planning, economic diversification, Vision 2030, and other wishful thinking. They regularly rehash failed remedies with the hope that something different will happen.
Also, in maintaining the silence of the elephant in the room taboo, the goal is to avoid embarrassing others and to avoid confrontation and sanctions for speaking up. This aspect of the elephant in the room is especially relevant to the problem of persistent underdevelopment.
In normal elephant in the room situations, a solution might exist. But the problem addressed by the solution isn’t pointed out by observers out of politeness or the desire to avoid confrontation. E.g., loved ones may be reluctant to tell an alcoholic or drug-addicted family member who is in denial that he or she needs treatment since the person must first be openly accused of alcoholism or drug addiction.
For persistent underdevelopment, however, a viable treatment has not existed. So, pointing out an issue that is banned from discussion in every context has served no useful purpose. Why get into an argument and risk sanctions when there is no solution? Why embarrass and upset others when the situation will remain the same?
That is no longer the case. We have a solution. Observing the taboo and remaining silent on the grounds that a solution doesn’t exist is no longer valid.
We’re finding out, however, that the existence of the means to eradicate persistent underdevelopment is not enough for some to give the solution a chance to prove itself. Despite the widespread human suffering and human degradation of persistent underdevelopment that are known to all, significant resistance still exists to discussing the source of the problem as a condition for understanding and implementing the remedy. Apparently, resistance is now based only on the embarrassment of the taboo issues.
The failure of the remedies that have been tried in the past may be embarrassing to their purveyors in light of a superior paradigm that also works. But is that reason enough to resist the new paradigm and not give it a chance? What happened to “thinking outside the box?”
As for those who might be embarrassed by the truth of the taboo issues, we remind them that the dirty laundry of the persistently underdeveloped countries (PUCs) has always been out in the open for all to see and for others to deal with. Poverty, wars, civil unrest and regional instability, refugees, illegal immigration, dependency, terrorism, corruption, extreme inequality and a general sense of chaos in our world are some of the well-known open secrets of persistent underdevelopment.
We dismiss the legitimacy of this resistance because it is led by those who suffer the least from the persistent underdevelopment problem. These are the educated elite that lives in or out of the PUCs. Their resistance is also comparable to refusing treatment for a debilitating illness due to the initial short-lived pain of a medical injection. It is not logical.