A new series of 'Dragon's Den' started on the Beeb last night. Now I happen to always watch this and have done so since soon after it first started around 16 or 17 years ago. And some 15 years ago I happened to be working for Theo Paphitis, one of the Den's early members, and had substantial contact with him.
Having earlier had my own small business and had many of the experiences that one encounters in trying to grow the business, I am interested in the people that come forward to obtain investment in 'the Den', and the dialogue that takes place.
But I now have to voice disappointment. And that disappointment is to to do with the fact that in this age of supposed 'Environment' awareness, there are so few product ideas coming forward on 'the Den' that are geared to improving the way in which we interact with Planet Earth, with Gaia. In fact, last night there were no products at all that were put forward to improving the Environment. Indeed, the products were more to do with consuming more, not less, luxury items.
The idea seems to be that anything will do in order to make money. In short, we commonly seem to be still stuck in the old mechanistic way of thinking rather than applying systems theory.
Of course, the mentality being applied is most likely that if you want to make money then take the shortest, less difficult way, to getting it - but is that how we should think? Will that thinking gain us anything in the longer term, especially when those that know are crying out that we have to change our ways now, not wait.
I find that to discover how the world really is via TV, it's more productive to watch RT and Al Jazerah, with portions of Channels 4 and 5 thrown in. The rest is mainly garbage, and even the serious programmes are often geared to misleading the viewer. Perhaps taking time to select and view programmes on YouTube is potentially the most productive if you really want to know what's going on in the world, though that is a minefield.
The best way, of course (if you are young and healthy enough), is to go out there and live life in its most constructive fullness. There's no better alternative to find out, first-hand, both how the world works and to find self-knowledge.
Thank you for reading this.