The Dehumanization of Decision Making: Why It’s Time to Reclaim Our Individuality from Institutions
Have you ever stopped to consider just how much control institutions have over our lives? They dictate where we go to school, what we do for work, and even how we spend our free time. Institutions have become the dominant force in society, shaping the way we think and act.
But what is an institution? At its core, it is a form of emerging intelligence - a collective entity that makes decisions and shapes our lives. We have given full control of our lives to these institutions, delegating our responsibilities to them.
But this kind of decision making can be dehumanizing. Instead of being guided by our own intelligence and humanity, we are led by the madness of crowds. We become nothing more than a cog in the machine, following orders and marching in lockstep with the rest of society.
This is not to say that institutions are inherently bad. They serve a crucial role in society, coordinating and organizing our collective efforts. But we need to be mindful of the impact they have on our individual experiences and decision making.
Successful communities, particularly close-knit ones, reinforce collaboration and the human touch. These communities recognize the value of the individual experience and encourage people to think and act independently.
As we continue to develop artificial intelligence and further segregate organizational decision making from humanity, it’s important to consider where the value of the individual experience lies among the crowds. Do we want to continue down this path of dehumanization, or do we want to find ways to incorporate more humanity into our decision making processes? The choice is ours.