Friday, 30 December 2011

Crisis? Change? Has it always been this way?

Well, we're still enjoying Christmas here. Off all week, apart from needing to prepare for Keynsham on Sunday, but beginning to emerge into the real world again. Wonderful to spend relaxed time with the family and now getting some prep time in whilst waiting for more friends to drop in.

Read this from Seth Godin's blog yesterday and thought it well worth posting for others here:

"It's always been this way"

The only standard is impermanence.
It's very easy to believe that the world we live in has always been this way.
Your ethnic group has always had a similar standing.
Technology has always permitted certain kinds of interactions and is always improving.
Real estate values always rise from decade to decade. (Until it didn't).
A job has always been the standard way to make a living.
Your chosen religion has always been practiced the way you practice it.
People in positions of authority and leverage have always had degrees from famous colleges.
Information has always been widely available.
As soon as you accept that just about everything in our created world is only a few generations old, it makes it a lot easier to deal with the fact that the assumptions we make about the future are generally wrong, and that the stress we have over change is completely wasted.'

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Please find an introduction to a remarkable book which points out that yes human beings have always been confronted by crisis, but in the 21st Century humankind is confronted by a completely different situation. And that the old ways are incapable of making any real difference to the situation we are now in. Indeed they have inevitably created the now-time situation