The desire to transcend class is itself rooted in class desire, specifically the middle-class.
The desire to transcend class is itself rooted in class desire, specifically the middle-class. First it requires an awareness of class, which requires a minimum level of education combined with a general amount of free time to ponder such anxieties. Such education and leisure is found in the middle-classes and above.
It also requires a special kind of class-anxiety, one that can be articulated in in class terms. Below the middle-class, class-anxiety manifests as anxiety about basic comforts and professional security. While these may be class markers, the high proletariat and below are more interested in career and money for reasons other than status. It's at the middle-class when money and security becomes excessive, giving room for status to take over.
As for those above the middle-class, class-anxiety is as high as ever, but it doesn't express itself in a desire to escape the strictures of class. The upper-middle-class is secure within the middle-class bracket, so their class confidence offsets any desire to transcend class. And the upper-classes have reached a point where the game can't be reduced to class vs. non-class. They are bound by greater, mysterious powers, many of which are out of their control, such as their bloodline.
Bitcoin is the first open-source government, with branches of power much like git trees, forking and merging, yet still producing a master.
As the rate of invention goes down, the rate of innovation must rise to take it's place, leading to a rise in entrepreneur-obsessives.
Charles H. Duell, Commissioner of the U.S. Patent Office in 1899, once said, "Everything that can be invented has been invented." Even though this sounds foolish in retrospect, and even though the quote is probably apocryphal, that doesn't mean it can't be true, or at least partially true in the future. In certain categories, like the airplane, the rate of invention plateaued decades ago.
This doesn't mean innovation will taper off, but rather, the future for growth will be depth. The future belongs to the obsessive entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk. Smartphones existed before Steve Jobs, as did electric cars before Elon Musk. Airplanes existed before Richard Branson turned them into affordable flying nightclubs, which he sold as Virgin America for $2.6 billion.
The history of business has been about catering to human's five human senses and their few basic desires. History going forward will be about staying within those confines and finding something new to offer.
Religions sell slowness.
Religions sell slowness. The slower the religion, the more long-lasting. The Bible is a wiki where new entries or changes get added every hundred years. In a sea of shifting morals or attitudes, religion provides a code that doesn't change, or if it does change, changes merely on interpretations. Or if there is a schism, it's because the religion gets more truer. Even if the religion does change, it's to unwind improper deviations. The unchangeability is the message.