I met an important man last night. He knows how things work in the government and systems that support or connect with it so well that he spoke truthfully when he said, " I know how to get things started and I can stop them too."
He was talking about building projects. He does great big ones like enormous housing projects and malls that incorporate businesses with residences.
A question that occurred to me when this important man said that he can start and stop things, was, "Yes, but do you know what to start and stop?"
That question cut into my sleep and woke me up early. I think the answer to it is, "No. He does not know what to start and stop."
I am a rather unimportant person and can barely manage to start and stop myself. I am not sure I know what to start and stop either, but boy am I good at asking questions!
Once upon a time a long time ago, I took a test for a job with my government. The test also happened to be used by the government to find people who have high IQs. I was one of those high IQs they found that way.
My government was rather irate that I had escaped their notice so long with my valuable high IQ. This was because they like to catch people with very high IQs and put them to work with important stuff like blowing stuff up and calculating how to blow things up, or programming computers to do that.
I was young, naive, and therefore decided to work for the government sort of as a volunteer. The job that taking that test got me was as a postal clerk. I would be paid as a postal clerk, and still do other things for the government.
I thought that what I was doing for my government would make the world better and help lots of people. That is why I did not ask for lots of money for using my high IQ for the government.
Government people did try to talk me into helping them do important work like blowing stuff up, but it was kind of late for me to do that. I already really hated math so much that I didn't find blowing stuff up or programming computers to blow stuff up, very appealing.
The government decided that they would use me in other ways, that might not be as useful to them as blowing stuff up and programming computers to blow stuff up. They had me doing all sorts of things. Many of them involved thinking and being a sort of mobile computer.
They mentioned that I was especially useful with information that was difficult to quantify so that it could be put into a computer.
Apparently I was very useful them in this way. They decided that I was so good at it that they would sort of loan me out to different government departments and even big semi-government corporations.
I was somewhat bemused by all of this. They considered what I was doing so important that they gave me body guards. Lots of body guards. I am not sure they even thought that I actually needed that many body guards.
It was just that we had that many government departments; it was about 15 at the time. Those different government departments didn't trust each other, so each one wanted one of their guys around me to watch out for the others and be able to influence me for their own purposes.
It was also a pain. They never left me alone, even at home. They didn't go right into the toilet with me, but they hid microphones in there.
The thing I seemed to be best at was asking questions. Lots of questions.
It escaped me then, why that was so useful. I can't say I really grok that now either, but it sure seemed to make people happy.
They would bring some important person with a problem to me. I would ask the person questions about their problem and the important person would suddenly seem to have a solution to it.
They would then bring the next important person with a problem and we would do it again.
It didn't seem to me that I was really doing anything, but everybody seemed to think I was really good at it.
They wanted me to do more of this. They started scheduling me with one important-person-with-a-problem, after another, all day long. There got to be so many people waiting to have me ask them questions and help them solve their problems, that they ran out of my time and got a backlog. I was scheduled for years ahead and there was still not enough time to go around.
I found out after a while of doing this, that I did not like some of the stuff that I was helping with.
Blowing people up and finding other ways to kill them was not something I liked helping with. Doing other nasty stuff to people was not pleasant to me either.
I didn't want to keep helping the government people do things that I considered wrong. I quit working for them.
They were mad at me for that. They took away my body guards. I wasn't sure that was bad.
All kinds of things happened to me that showed me things that I had not known while I was still working for the government.
One of these things I had not known, was that the bodyguards were not just there for the reasons I knew about, like protecting me from bad guys who might hurt me, or from being influenced by the other body guards. They were there to keep me from being useful to other people, especially people from other governments.
They would rather have me dead, than working to help other governments. I was almost killed lots of times since I quit working for the government.
I have been learning lots of stuff since I worked for the government. I think my questions are much better than they used to be.
One of those better questions is, "Why shouldn't I get to ask questions that help more people?"
Another question is, "Why should I have to die instead of getting to help people who are not part of the government of my country?"
There doesn't seem to be a shortage of problems in the world. These problems are real humdingers compared to the ones I ran across when I used to be working for my government.
Some of these problems involve climate change and other effects of environmental system trashing that the human race has been doing. I have lots of very good questions about this sort of thing. One good question is, "Why don't more people understand that the future of the human race is in danger unless we make big changes in how we live?
It seems to me that people who have most of the power and money do not want our problems solved. They do not seem to even want the rest of us to know much about those problems or think about them and work on them.
I think the rest of us can solve our problems and make things better for all of us even if the rich and powerful don't want us to do that. I think we should do that and start now.
Be important. Pay attention to what is going on and do your little bit to make it better. Do it now.