What is “Social Cohesion Erosion” and Why is the World Economic Forum So Afraid of It?
Take it from a former mainstay of society: you guys earned every bit of it
And then some.
I’ve worked since I was 13 years old. I have a master’s degree in literature and “creative writing” (cue criticism from the right). I received the “Teacher of the Year” award at the community college where I taught for 20 years. I have been in charge of community organizations helping homeless and very low income people. I’ve raised hundreds of millions of dollars for affordable housing and economic development projects. I’ve helped dozens of businesses to form, grow, and raise over $100 million in capital.
I had some pretty modest, focused goals as a writer and I have achieved those. Because of the gender bias in my field, only a few tens of thousands have read my science fiction writing. Because it was not gender biased, overly violent, did not feature rape, and did not feature hierarchical structures but instead human relationships, I’ve had the privilege of standing behind a structural support in a hotel lobby and listening to a “master of sci fi fandom” tell another man that I was a “minor writer,” unintelligent and untalented, just with a (wait for it)
All my life I followed direction. I followed the rules. If I was assigned homework I did it well in advance. When I was in musical groups in high school I practiced more than we were told. If I needed to study something I spent extra time. On any job, I came early and stayed late. I maintained my appearance under all circumstances, up to and including childbirth and recovery. If I heard people commenting I’d gained weight, I’d immediately institute a diet. Of course I haven’t been equally fit all my life: when I was working in downtown LA and commuting two hours each way (no matter where I lived, Redlands or Playa del Rey or Woodland Hills — it’s Los Angeles) I became sluggish, unfit and began suffering knee and hip problems. But I dealt with that. While writing books and continuing to teach —