CHANGE IS INEVITABLE

Posted: April 15, 2018 in Uncategorized

When I was in school one managerial concept was taught that has stuck with me over the years. This perception is that change is evitable; man resists change and change usually results in positive benefits. Change sometimes takes a while. In ancient times the same processes and methods that ruled the day-to-day lives of a specific society could take over a thousand years to have significant change. Today this is not the case as change is continually with us; and since man resists change, change leads to stress and this stress is definitely with us today.
Several years ago it was stated that the knowledge we possess doubles every ten years. This is huge and fuels an ever changing world. I have been around a few years, to say the least; however, when viewed in the perspective of the time scale of man my time on earth is a mere tick of the second hand on the clock. Even though this has been so relatively short the changes that have taken place has been amazing.
When I was in the first grade the Russians began to send Sputniks, Russian satellites, in orbit around our planet. By the time I was in the fourth grade Allen Shepard, American astronaut, went into space; soon after Russia sent their own cosmonaut into space. Within a month of me graduating from high school the United States landed a man on the moon. From this space endeavor we got “stuff” such as Tang (from the food for the astronauts), Corelle ware (from the heat shield on the space capsules} and the microchip (from the onboard computers).
We I entered college we calculated complex math problems on a manual device known as the slide rule. I left school, went in the navy and returned to college. In that four years the slide rule was replaced with the calculator. Due to the new microchips and mass manufacturing in a free market economy, math problems were now being processed electronically.
While in college the universities had computer centers that required data to be entered on cards with small holes punched in them. Within three years of graduation, small computers began to appear in homes. Basic games such as Pong and Pac Man entered our lives and Monopoly and Scrabble began to diminish. Today people walk around with computers powered by batteries and have more power than the computers that put man on the moon.
In 1969 a Z-28 Camaro could be purchased for $2,900 dollars. Air conditioning was not available on the model but it was one beautiful car; even if you did burn up in the summer. Today not only does the most basic car come with frills only dreamed of in the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s but we are now seeing cars that drive themselves.
I was in elementary school when the first color television landed in our living room. To get the color just right, the color control knob and the tint control knob had to be manually turned. Remote control did not exist. Later this color setting became automated as the televisions became larger and finally the horribly heavy large screens were replaced with super lightweight flat screen television. While the television matured we began watching programs 24 hours a day. Then we bought our favorite movies and watched them in Sony Beta Vision or VHS formats which was replaced with DVD discs which are now being challenged with small memory chips. Of course media coming through coax cable or from cell towers and satellites is now impacting all other methods to see our media.
The list of changes over my lifetime are enormous and I would be remiss if I failed to mention the good ole telephone. As a child and up through my time in college we used a rotary phone and if I needed a long distance call I would call an operator. Then the digital phones came into existence followed by the huge bag phones that allowed us to call without connecting to a phone line. Today the bag phone has been replaced with the ultra-sophisticated smart phone. This telecommunication revolution took only 25 years to appear and mature to what we have today.
Yes, change is with us and it is a whirl wind to try and keep up with all the changes. The best thing to do is sit back, take a deep breath and accept the changes and not try to fight it. Nothing we do can change the path of progress no matter how we wished for the good ole days.

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