Let’s start off this new year at RJsCorner by looking at our view of the future. Sadly, there are those who seem to be frightened by almost everything these days. I kinda think that mentality make up a big majority of the MAGA folks. Everything is changing so fast as to make their heads spin. The only way they can see to relieve that overwhelming fear is to tear everything down and then let them dictate what changes and what doesn’t.
Then, at the other end of the spectrum, are those of us who might have some trepidation about some changes but are actually excited to see the advances that change brings. For instance, we see technological and healthcare advances just over the horizon, that will make life so much better than it has ever been in my lifetime. We are excited about the future, but annoyed by some of the present situations, especially those who fear it so much.
I frequently say I was born twenty years too early. The coming couple of decades will see advances in healthcare and information beyond belief. When I graduated from college, the calculator was yet to be invented. The PC was almost two decades away. My first decade or so in my corporate life, was simply boring to me. I just didn’t feel challenged enough.
When I got my hands on a TRS-80 personal computer from Radio Shack in the late 1970s, my world started changing dramatically. I taught myself “Basic” computer language. After that was accomplished, I moved on to “C” and eventually HTML. When I retired, I was writing software tools (they are called apps today) for a division of engineers in a giant corporation. I was in seventh heaven, whatever that means 🙃
Getting back to the main topic of this post, between the two outside fringes of those who absolutely fear change and those who embrace it, lies the vast middle. I can’t tell you exactly what percentage of the population is in the middle, but if it is like other statistical anomalies, it is likely about 80%. But, it seems that those in the middle are as usual, nonchalant on too many topics. Will that apathetic crowd allow the fear fringe to threaten our democracy?
I would like to think that most in the middle certainly have some fear, but also some excitement about the future. They are not like the MAGA crowd, who are prepping for a certain near doomsday. One nice thing about these rapid changes is that some of the things, like most social media, will likely be replaced by something better before it can do much permeant damage.
Where do you fit in this population?
How do you see the future as Mad Max or the Jetsons?