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Adapting to Change or be Left Behind

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IMG_6364By Larry Oscar

Nothing like a good reality check I always say.  Especially in the times we live in today.

Reality is something humans have a hard time coping with.  Probably because we have a strong belief or emotional desire in what the outcome of something should be.  Then when the outcome is something different we get all upset and unhinged. People who suffer from delusional disorder have a hard time dealing with reality in this regard. I know this very well.

My family has struggled with this for decades.  Life is best enjoyed when you don’t expect a particular outcome of events, but rather just sit back and observe what happens and then connect the dots as to its cause.  A  case in point is what is happening on the world political stage.  We are witnessing a time in human history when several change agents are working together at the same time on human society.  With just one change agent you can have a better chance of predicting the outcome, but when two or more are working at the same time it becomes almost impossible to predict, with any accuracy, the eventual outcome.

The world stage is currently set for a storm of change agents to take effect.  The rise of all types of social media in recent years has been a very powerful change agent we have yet to see the results of.  It’s affect on the media has sent shock waves through all the world’s journalists.  In fact, social media may just make journalists a thing of the past.

With the rise of social media and the internet, journalists are becoming irrelevant.  After all social media has made everybody a journalist.  We no longer need for a journalists to act as a middle man and report what someone said or what event may have happened.  With social media we get it straight from the horses mouth.  No journalistic comments are required or even welcomed. We are now in a position of having to make up our own mind.  And that is scary for people who run on a high level of emotion. They are used to someone telling them how to think.

With this change currently taking place in society we are witnessing a major transformation in communications happening at breakneck speed right before our very eyes.  Over 40 years ago I began my career working with computer technology.  It was a rather wild ride.  If you think dealing with change is hard, just try working with a technology that changes every six months.  You have to embrace rapid change in the high tech business, or you are out of business just as rapidly as the changes occur.  Another change agent working it’s magic today is the rapid increase in the prosperity of societies.

It was just a few decades ago that most of the world’s population was struggling to feed itself.  There was no room for luxuries such as cell phones, automobiles, or airplane travel.  Today most of the world has ready access to all of these.  And air travel today can exceed 100,000 flights per day.  With all of this rapid travel and instant communications you will find one of societies major institutions having a very hard time keeping up.  And that would be governments.

We are placing demands on governments they were never designed to cope with.  Almost all governments are slow to change and slow to institute changes by design.  In the past we could have expected governments to make changes over a several year time span.  Today we are expecting governmental changes to be made in weeks or months at the latest.  This has thrown the political class into a tailspin. After all, they like to play politics.

And if you solve problems quickly they no longer have a political football to kick around.  One of the best examples of this is the great wall that President Trump wants to build on the Mexico border.  Oh my, if you are a liberal what a terrible thing.  This just goes against “our values” cries old Chuckles the clown. Really, did they forget that a senator from New York named Hillary Clinton proposed just such a wall back in 2006?

And guess who voted for it?  You got it, old Chuckles Schumer himself.  Check it out….

The bottom line here is that change is coming whether we like it or not.  You can get onboard the boat, or you can sit back and be left on the dock.  The choice is yours.

(Larry Oscar is a graduate from the University of Tulsa and holds a degree in electrical engineering. He is retired and lives with his wife on a lake in Oklahoma where he brews his own beer, sails, and is a member of numerous clubs and organizations.)

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