I came on this old file last evening. Given the state of the world just now it seemed relevant
Change is nothing new
Is change inevitable – or is it a passing fad? Has there ever been a time of no change?
Change is always and everywhere. Stable times just mean that prior changes are understood or the time frame is so short no one sees the changes.
The idea of change is very old. Ancient Chinese (before 221 BCE) book of divination I-Ching (pronounced Yi Jing) 易经 – English translation = The Book of Change
Someone who created the conditions to permit adjustments in the way society works.
Examples of change agents: King John and the Magna Carta, American revolution, Jesus, Buddha, Robespierre, Communist revolution, 9/11, Gandhi, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, The Black Panthers, Apple, the feminist movement, environmentalism, Obama’s use of the internet to raise money, credit cards, debit cards, and a thousand more.
We don’t usually notice change until after it happens. That’s because we are not good at extrapolating from a tiny point. Few people can see a grain of sand and imagine a beach
Change often turns out badly for us if we do not adapt:
The theme is adapt or die.
What information and knowledge would I need to make these decisions.
You cannot avoid change but you can change how it affects you.
Change is forever and always and some of it matters to you. Mistrust your experience. It may not help you.
Be curious. Talk to people who already fit in to the new ways. Everyone under about 25 is a digital person. We old guys are all analog. It’s a different way to think.
Anticipate what you can and take action earlier.
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