This week, the World Economic Forum is convening with a lofty goal in mind. In its statement, it declares: “There is an urgent need for global stakeholders to cooperate in simultaneously managing the direct consequences of the COVID-19 crisis. To improve the state of the world, the World Economic Forum is starting The Great Reset initiative.” The forum wants this initiative to “offer insights to help inform all those determining the future state of global relations, the direction of national economies, the priorities of societies, the nature of business models and the management of a global commons.”
The initiative will fail. Since the members of the forum have no idea what causes the virus, they will not be able to curb its spreading or make decisions about the future that will be good for all of humanity.
The ego is the driving force behind every plight that’s afflicting the world, and there are numerous right now. As a result, it will not help to tackle this or that problem. Cut out the root cause and you have dried out the vital force behind all the plagues. Keep the ego burning, and you will bring on yourself more blows, and more painful than today’s.
The World Economic Forum has no clue how to curb the ego, or even that the ego is the cause of Covid-19. We needn’t do a reset for the world; there is nothing wrong with it. We need to do a reset for ourselves, since everything that’s wrong with the world is coming from within us.
First and foremost, we need to teach ourselves to see the benefits we can derive from other people’s success. We need to revolutionize everything, from social media to politics, to entertainment, to schooling. The values we promote through every platform must condone solidarity and show how we enrich each other precisely through our differences. We must show that just as nature thrives only because of its diversity, so we can thrive only if we keep our societies diverse and dynamic. And for this, we must put aside our egos and look at each other from a supporting angle rather than a demoralizing one.
The ego is literally killing us. We must not only reset it, but install a correcting code that will neutralize its destructive operations. If we don’t hurry, it will eliminate us in the most literal sense of the word.