Rapid Progress?

porsche As something of a champion of Change, you maybe somewhat surprised by the tone of this blog, but it occurred to me today when discussing the general state of health and well-being of our people that there is an interesting alternative perspective on change.  Consider this:  five hundred years ago I would have done the same job as my father and his father before him.  I’d probably have lived in the same house, in the same village.  Everything I ate would come from the same gene stock as what they ate.  Very little would change from generation to generation;  no change, no progress.  These days not only does it rapidly change generation to generation but decade to decade!

Of course I am not arguing that this is necessarily a bad thing.  There are millions alive today who would not be if not for progress.   However, if I have a 200 mph Porsche and speed off down the motorway in the wrong direction, I will get lost much better and much sooner than the little old man who is walking. 

I wonder if some of the apparent progress has price tickets that will only become clear in years to come and just how long it will take us to make good our mistakes and oversights?  

For Change to be a good thing one has to bear in mind what is really important and what one is trying to achieve in the long haul.  Today’s shortcut could be Tomorrow’s nightmare….

“The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.”  Oliver Wendell Holmes

“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.”   Albert Einstein

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