Quote โˆฃ Jeremy Rifkin


Disclaimer: The quote which you will see in english is translated directly from me, since the english version of the quote could not be found.


About a year ago, I came across a book called '์ž๊ธฐํ˜๋ช…' which in english translates to 'Self Revolution'. Reading this book was one of the best reading experience I ever had in my life as this book attacked and questioned some of the most fundamental, yet extremely vital questions that our society should ponder.

While reading this book, I was able to find quite a number of amazing quotations and phrases which answered some of my questions that I was asking to our society. But there was one quote from Jeremy Rifkin that just blew my mind. Reading page 162 of this book, the quote was this:

์‚ฌํšŒํ•™์ž๋“ค์€ ์ง€๋‚œ 20๋งŒ ๋…„๊ฐ„์˜ ์ธ๋ฅ˜๋ฌธ๋ช… ๋ฐœ์ „์ด ๊ทธ๋™์•ˆ ์ด ๋•…์— ์‚ด์•„์˜จ ๋ชจ๋“  ์ธ๋ฅ˜์˜ ๋…ธ๋ ฅ์˜ ๊ฒฐ๊ณผ๋ผ๊ณ  ๋งํ•œ๋‹ค. ์ด๊ฒƒ์€ ๋ชจ๋“  ์ธ๋ฅ˜์˜ ๊ฒฝ์˜๋ฅผ ํ‘œํ•˜๋Š” ์šฐ์•„ํ•œ ์‹œ๊ฐ์ด์ง€๋งŒ ์ง„์‹ค์€ ์•„๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์ง€๊ธˆ๊นŒ์ง€ ๋ฌธ๋ช…๊ณผ ๋ฌธํ™”์˜ ๋ฐœ๋‹ฌ์€ 0.1 ํผ์„ผํŠธ์˜ ์ฐฝ์˜์  ์ธ๊ฐ„์ด ๋‹ค๋ฅธ ์‚ฌ๋žŒ์€ ์ƒ๊ฐํ•˜์ง€ ๋ชปํ•˜๋Š” ๊ฒƒ์„ ์ƒ๊ฐํ•˜๊ณ , ๋‹ค๋ฅธ ์‚ฌ๋žŒ์€ ๊ฟˆ๊พธ์ง€ ์•Š๋Š” ๊ฒƒ์„ ๊ฟˆ๊พธ๋ฉฐ, ๋ชจ๋‘๊ฐ€ ๋ณด์ง€ ๋ชปํ•˜๋Š” ์–ด๋‘์šด ๊ณณ์— ๊นƒ๋ฐœ์„ ๊ฝ‚๊ณ  ์ด๊ณณ์ด ์ –๊ณผ ๊ฟ€์ด ํ๋ฅด๋Š” ์ƒˆ๋กœ์šด ๋•…์ด๋ผ๊ณ  ์™ธ์น˜๋ฉด, 0.9ํผ์„ผํŠธ์˜ ์•ˆ๋ชฉ์žˆ๋Š” ์ธ๊ฐ„๋งŒ์ด ๊ทธ๊ฒƒ์„ ์•Œ์•„๋ณด๊ณ  ๊ทธ๋“ค๊ณผ ํ˜‘๋ ฅํ•˜๊ณ  ํ›„ํ›คํ•˜๋ฉฐ ์ƒˆ๋กœ์šด ๋ฌธ๋ช…์„ ๊ฑด์„คํ•œ ๊ฒฐ๊ณผ๋‹ค. ๋‚˜๋จธ์ง€ 99ํผ์„ผํŠธ๋Š” ์ด 1ํผ์„ผํŠธ๊ฐ€ ๋ชจ๋“  ๊ฒƒ์˜ ๊ธฐ์ดˆ๋ฅผ ๋‹ฆ๊ณ , ์ƒˆ๋กœ์šด ๊ณ„๋‹จ์„ ๋†“๊ณ  ๋‚œ ๋‹ค์Œ์—์•ผ ๋น„๋กœ์†Œ ๊ทธ ์œ„์— ์˜ฌ๋ผ์™€ ์„ธ์ƒ ์ฐธ ๋งŽ์ด ๋‹ฌ๋ผ์กŒ๋‹ค๋Š” ๊ฐํƒ„์‚ฌ๋ฅผ ์—ฐ๋ฐœํ•˜๋ฉฐ ๋˜๋‹ค์‹œ ๊ทธ๊ณณ์— ์•ˆ์ฃผํ•œ๋‹ค.
— ์ž๊ธฐํ˜๋ช…, p. 162 (์—”ํŠธ๋กœํ”ผ (Entropy) - ์ œ๋ ˆ๋ฏธ ๋ฆฌํ”„ํ‚จ)
Sociologists say that the development of human civilization for the past two hundred thousand years is a result due to all the effort made by all the human beings. This is an elegant perspective to express the respect to all human beings, however not the truth. The development of human civilization is the result of when the 0.1 percent of creative individual, thinking what humanity have never thought of, dreaming something that other people never dreamt about, putting a flag in a darkest places where humanity have never saw and shouts that this is the land that milk and honey flow, the other 0.9 percent of people with insights sees the value then co-operates and supports the 0.1 percent, finally creating a new civilization. After the 1 percent completed all the foundations and made the stairs for the new civilization, then the rest of 99 percent of humanity goes up the stairs and marvel that the world has changed so much and then again, settle down as they did before.
— Entropy, Jeremy Rifkin

I have to admit that this quote is absolutely beautiful; Jeremy Rifkin was able to condense something very fundamental and extremely true into one paragraph which described the process of development of human civilization in an elegant manner. We can make reference this quote to the world that we live in right now. Individuals such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Larry Page and Sergey Brin etc, all these figures are the 0.1 percent of creative individuals who have placed their flag and shouted out. And indeed the other 0.9 percent of humanity have recognized the value and invested which apparently changed our world into digital information era in the 21st century.

Recently, I was able to know who  Elon Musk is and the work he has achieved and doing at the moment. And I think this individual is one of the individuals who I found very inspiring and creative. I think he will, and already is, change the world and be considered as one of the individual in the 21st century who made contribution which starts the next generation of civilization of human development. 

Doing works such as Tesla, Space X, Paypal, Solar city, Elon Musk has achieved and working now surely hit me hard with a shock. But a different kind of shock, because I was thinking of doing something related to these categories of work but someone already started it. Considering the effect that his work will have an impact to the world will be phenomenal, and I consider him as the one of the individual who is the 0.1 percent from to the quote.

Many individuals of the 0.1 percent will be marked in a page in human history and new 0.1 percent will arise waiting to be written. I, as a person who is blessed to be able to live in a era where I am living with people such as Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, am excited to see whats the next move, the next 'big thing' which will change the world. This, at least to me, is one of the thing worth living for.