Greg: You missed the entire point. I’ve been following Umair for almost a year. He puts up articles that more or less say the same thing: the world is going on some kind of decline — and things are going to get worse!
His solution, you ask? Well, he doesn’t have one. He just writes dystopic articles — and collects a small fee for each read.
But I do have a solution. We have to build a new kind of democracy.
As the Medium algorithms have not yet deemed me as contributor worthy of putting on lots of feeds, I have to be inventive to promote my ideas here. My main strategy has been to dog on to Umair articles. Half of my 417 fan base has come from that strategy.
Here’s the paradox I am experiencing: my new democracy solution requires Umair readers to put some real time and effort into their real-life communities. It doesn’t seem they want to do that. On one hand, they really don’t want the world to go in the direction Umair is writing about. On the other hand, they don’t want to put in the time and effort to prevent the slide backwards. I just don’t get it. . . . .
. . . . . unless they and Umair and you have been inculcated into believing that the system cannot be changed. Which then leads to the inevitable collapse. Which then leads to why bothering reading Umair articles in the first place? If that is really where we are going?
BTW, I belong to the lower-middle class. So spending time on resorts or cruise ships is not within my financial means. At best, my family can afford a three-day vacation once a year. I have not registered for Medium’s paywall (not much point). And while I have ebook for sale, the entire book is available for a free read from my website.
So when you say it’s people like me who are the problem, I seem to be the only person offering a way out of this mess.
Umair has no solution. While he is probably making a little money off his Medium articles, he is keeping his readers away from what they really need to be doing — if they really want to move the world in a more positive place.