Resisting change is futile. Yet we do it all the time.
The good ol’ days, we say. Why can’t we go back? Well, ours is a changing universe filled with energy that only moves forward.
We can blame it on technology. It sure forces super-fast changes on us. But take a look around, social media alone has created a universe in which wild and scary of yesteryear is now exciting. The problem, then, is not the speed or complexity of change.
Talk about change. Not long ago Apple Corp. asked: Could you love a robot? Not a droid machine, but a humanoid robot like Sophia below who could mimic human expressions, emotions.
We love and name our cars. They mean a lot to us, so we assign them human characteristics. We carry on conversations with inanimate objects, so … could we love a robot? Accept it as friend, or more. Maybe.
Change is scary. Our tendency is to resist change on many levels — technological, societal. Too stressful. Something new to learn, to accept as normal.
We can say refusal to change is a coping mechanism. Marching forward, although necessary, can be exhausting.
We can say it’s about money and power. Those who’ve been marginalized have always fought for change, for fairness, for tipping the balance of power, while the influential pushed back. Regrettably so, since change happened anyway at a higher human cost.
Change always comes bearing gifts, as Price Pritchett said. Gifts we sometimes don’t like.
Good or bad change is inevitable. Demanded by an emerging, moving universe.
And, really, is there any other way forward? Without change — growth, movement, whatever the term — we’re bound to fall behind, be diminished. Disappear.
So, why continue to resist it?
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