So, we left off with the American spirit of *perpetual creativity*. Indeed, a big part of what makes us special.
But what else did our Founding Fathers understand?
They also knew why America needed to be fundamentally different. They understood that the “old world” was built on one very subtle but extremely powerful social force that was not sustainable any longer. This force was called “Tribalism” and is what constitutes the fundamental basis of all other nations. Instead, the American answer was called “Individualism”; built on diversity, inclusion, and the power of freedom.
America wasn’t designed to build Tribes of co-dependent members, we were designed to build Unions of independent and free people. Unions of diverse freedom seeking individuals, companies, towns, and states.
But, not because it was an idealistic vision, but because our Founding Fathers knew that tribes and tribal nation building is fundamentally built on exclusion, and exclusion has no place in a society that understands the power of perpetual creativity (see previous post). America was always thinking forward. Way way forward.
But, what does Individualism have to do with sustainability, inclusion, diversity, education, and decentralization? Simply, everything.
As briefly stated in the previous post [Block 001], the above social components are extremely critical in attaining true freedom and creativity while achieving ultimate independence of all stakeholders across all levels of society. This fundamental thinking was such an integral part of our new nation that it even naturally manifested on an ultra-micro level of the self-sustaining American homestead and in the frontier spirit of new Americans. Simply put, tribes don’t build independent homesteads, tribes build huts, forts, castles, and towers. Yes, it’s a hard habit to break. But, a nation that was engineered to be a Union was uniquely so devised not to be a Tribe for very important reasons. Reasons that must be well understood and well preserved. We must try.
(We won’t mention the recent trend of “Find Your Tribe” marketing – Please don’t tell the Founding Fathers).
So, fine, but what does all this stuff have to do with Micro-Entrepreneurship? That’s the interesting part.
There is this notion that America is a nation of entrepreneurs, rightfully so. But what this label leaves out of the equation is that America was a nation uniquely *designed* for entrepreneurship, more precisely, specifically built for and on “micro-entrepreneurship”. This is also exactly why it was able to economically surpass all other nations in the world in such a short period of time. The only reason why we slowed down this rate of growth and self-sustainability, inclusion, diversity, education, and independent freedom seeking decentralization is simply because we lost the “micro” in our entrepreneurship. We started centralizing the process, building towers, and naturally looking for our tribes (with a lot of help from social media). Yes, it is a hard habit to break.
(Ironically, some “places” of the world that were built on tribalism also started playing with the Union idea, they appreciate the power of *perpetual creativity* fueled by diversity. But, their habits are much harder to break).
Back to Micro-Entrepreneurship. In short, the original catalyst of the unique American approach to independent micro-entrepreneurship is the American homestead. This is where our unique independence started, but not by accident, but by very smart design. This iconic core concept of a traditional American homestead was not only the best practical education for micro-entrepreneurship, but also taught the importance of environmental sustainability, of nature, and of inclusion: yes, everyone has a job to do. But, the point here isn’t to go back in time, the point is to relaunch Micro-Entrepreneurship 2.0 on the principles that made our nation uniquely great.
So, before we can make America great again, we must reappreciate what really made it great in the first place.
(to be continued)