That, actually, is what I spend most of my time trying to see. Exactly what is - the problem?
I can tell you this; 9 times out of 10, in our world, "the problem" is misidentified or unrecognized. Or even more frequently, denied. What problem?
There is an excellent bit of investigative reporting in the New York Times today (alas, not all that common). It details how one determined man uncovered virtually all the abuses in the mortgage industry, years ago- reported it to all the various relevant authorities - and was ignored completely.
It's an excellent study in the powerlessness of the individual, these days. And to my mind- the reporter, well buried in the story, entirely misses her own point.
She thinks this is a story about corruption in the mortgage and financial industries. But it isn't.
It's a wonderful, excellent, exhaustively documented story about how "truth", clearly and authoritatively presented, fails to penetrate our cultural apparatus to bring about corrections and change. Systemically.
This is "the problem" I'm talking about in the blog title. Here on this blog, and on the various companions we all tend to peruse, we have an unusual collection of highly intelligent folks, able to see through the various cultural smoke screens, and see, really, truly, how this or that societal practice is inadequate to our needs, and we can recommend excellent possibilities for how it could, really, be made to work better. We do it all the time.
But The Truth -whichever one we're talking about at the moment - has no traction. Systemically.
The problem about this problem is- we believe otherwise. The true religion of Academia, in particular, is the belief that discovering truth will bring change, progress, justice - good. You just have to discover it. Then, magically, Truth brings good.
Manifestly- this is not so. The present article in the Times documents that, in detail- and yet, still ends on the hopeful note that now, at last, these truths will bring change for the better. 100% of experience to the contrary notwithstanding. Faith - not reason - claiming that reason will prevail.
Personally- my own religion is - action.
Now that I know The Truth Has No Traction - what do I do about that?
First, tell you.
Second - ask you: ok, so- from the cultural standpoint- how can we systemically give tank treads to Truth?