Law of unintended consequences

I learnt about the law of unintended consequences through Jordan Peterson. When implementing changes to society or a system, there are always unknown things that change. Not because that was the objective but because by trying to achieve an objective, humans or nature reacted in an unpredictable way.

Creating changes to a system can be not only unpredictable but also downright bad. Just look at the former society union as an example.

Better Societies

I’ve got this one Facebook friend who is always spouting ideas on how to make a better society. Most of these are these too simplistic, For example, the idea of getting rid of all money or making everybody live on the same amount of money.

When I first started thinking about what would constitute a better Society I also thought in simplistic terms. Usually with the idea that a certain subset of society was holding us back for their own benefit. This may be in some parts true. But it’s a huge generalization.

Societies aren’t perfect because perfection isn’t real. There always is and always will be a struggle. Struggle is a function of existence. Avoidance of struggle only leads to suffering. Tyrannies spring up out of the idea that a perfect society can be created. It cannot.

And while it is good to look to reducing inequality, inequality will always exist. There will always be haves and there will always be have-nots.