I have more than one rant:
1. Intellectual Ivory Towers
Three segments of the population show unusual solidarity – power-hungry, wealth-grabbers and the corrupt. The good people live in their own ivory towers of excellence and so-called self-sufficiency and never bother about coming together to reform the system. The fear of failure is high, and they accept before starting, that they cannot win the battle against evil. It results in a zero check on wrongdoers, and they march on fearlessly. This is the root cause of whatever appears to be going wrong in society, politics and business today.
2. Short-term thinking
An entire generation has not been taught how to plan for the long term, because it suits short-term goals. People with less or no power remain open to manipulation, if they cannot think about the consequences. Exit polls and weather forecasts have all lost meaning, as human behavior becomes increasingly unpredictable. Politics, business and environment all manifest the impact of fickleness of the human mind.
3. Hailing Mediocrity
If one has to destroy a nation without arms and nuclear energy, weaken the education system, hail the mediocre and compliant as heroes and keep people busy in fighting over inconsequential things. One has weakened the pulse of the nation, and destroyed the concept of excellence. The absence of benchmarks creates an open ground for play by vested interests. Things find their own place in chaos, but they are not always in the best or right place.