definition insanity by Albert Einstein

Doing more and faster in shorter time has nothing to do with innovation

Definition of insanity

You might have heard about the definition of insanity from Albert Einstein:

doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results

Well, sometimes, it is not so obvious and therefore not so easy to detect what we are doing over and over again. In our case, we humans did ever since the same type of mistake: we have always forced short-term solutions. This is valid for all our basic needs such as drinking, eating, clothing, shelter, communication, transport and medical treatment. The list of damages from these type of solutions is very long and devastating.

Additionally to this very much wrong way of solution providing, we also used our false arrogance against all other life forms on this planet and reproduce in a very progressive way.

The global human population growth amounts to around 75 million annually or 1.1% per year. The global population has grown from 1 billion in 1800 to 7 billion in 2012. It is expected to keep growing, and estimates have put the total population at 8.4 billion by mid-2030, and 9.6 billion by mid-2050. Many nations with rapid population growth have low standards of living, whereas many nations with low rates of population growth have high standards of living.

human population projection

We are mixing short-term with innovation

Currently, we are facing the same pattern at every level of our society. As we are becoming more and more people, everything else is raising too. We have a higher demand for all our needs. So, what are we doing? We are forced, by ourselves, to do constantly more things in an always shorter time frame and therefore with a higher speed. We might think, that we are developing and some of us might even think about innovation, but actually, we are doing neither of it. Creating short-term solutions again has nothing to do with innovation or with further development. This type of behaviour that we are showing globally is the perfect demonstration of the before mentioned insanity.

What are the consequences?

It is a rather simple calculation and easy to understand. You don’t have to be a visionary like Nostradamus to be able to predict, that the results of this pattern do not include an improvement for itself. In other words: it will not become any better, it will getting worse and worse. Looking back in the history of human mankind we can see the results of the past short-term “solutions” we have established. It is frightening, how much damage we have caused to our own species and to every other species on this planet.


Therefore we can clearly conclude that our doing is not including progress, it is clearly providing all evidence of degression.

What is the cure for that?

At first, we have to stop searching for short-term solutions. We have to think in long-term values which are sustainability, efficiency and abundance.
We have to start immediately switching to a resource-based economy. And we have to stop being arrogant and ignorant.

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