What If We All Had Equal Access To The Real Facts?
As you know, I am always curious about what is true. Unfolding layers of conditioned beliefs, unconscious habits and revealing misconceptions in different areas of life.
The challenge with exploring what’s true is that we tend to identify with a separate self. Buying into this illusion means we’re biased. Being innocently biased is the root cause of arguments, war, disagreements and suffering because we can never grasp the whole image. Truth.
Can we grasp the whole image if we work together?
Aslen Claymore, the founder of Themisia describes this challenge with a beautiful metaphor:
The story of the blind men and the elephant tells us everything we need to know about the search for truth. In it, the blind men try to conceptualize the elephant by each touching a different part and then verbally describing it. What follows is a series of descriptions ranging from a large snake to a tree trunk. Each is true in its own right, however, the blind men must work together if they want to get the full picture. And so they are left with a choice: consider their own limited experience as the truth, or combine their experiences together to achieve a more objective truth.
I’ve been a good friend with Aslen since the Morten Hake Summit days and we recently reunited in Bali, where I was fascinated to learn that he has been on an all-consuming mission since we last spoke. Not only has he bought a bad-ass motobike and moved to Bali, but he had let go of his very successful company (the biggest of it’s kind in the world!), and dived into an epiphany of an idea that came to him out of nowhere. An idea that literally has the potential to transform the planet. Transform the way we communicate on a global, and local – even private scale. It has everything to do with the elephant parable. And it has everything to do with the search for truth.
Aslen is working on a project to combine everyone’s experience together in a way that actually works, to accurately distinguish facts from forgery. To reveal the objective truth – or at least beyond a reasonable doubt. That way, disrupt the 200 billion dollar news industry, which today is massively incentivized to benefit the few and not the masses.
How exactly will he do that, you might ask?
Well, this is about as far as I’ll go trying to decypher the genius and how the system will work. Better just ask the fella! So I called him up and in this conversation, I hope you get a better picture of what might become the next standard for fact-sourcing, court systems and content creation.