College, church, your local community, your favorite sports team exist within or as an institution.
Over time, institutions corrupt. College has been corrupted by the internet. Its value is network at best, and status at worst.
Then, we wait for a new institution to emerge. This will replace an old institution, or replace part of an old institution.
The most amazing institutions are the one’s that exist across human history. Western Religion is one such institution.
It has a rebirth every so often.
At the risk of oversimplifying:
Judaism turned into Catholicism.
Catholicism turned into Protestantism.
Protestantism turned into ?
Judaism was aided by Jesus, who acted as a unifier of values and central leader. Also, it was aided by the Roman network of roads.
Judaism soon became known as Catholicism, as the Roman government adopted it.
Eventually Catholicism gave way to Protestantism.
Protestantism was aided by Martin Luther, who acted as a unifier of values and central leader. Also, it was aided by the invent of the printing press.
Protestantism is currently dying. The successor doesn’t seem apparent yet.
It has the internet, but hasn’t done anything worthwhile with the internet.
Current potential successors:
11/22/2019 – Update:
Maybe I am too close to it now, but it seems like the most likely successor is Bitcoin.
Perhaps I will write an essay and update with a link to it shortly.