We live in interesting times, friend. Yet, perhaps people have generally always been tempted – irrespective of time or place – to consider theirs the most exciting of times? In any event, a case can be made that there never existed a time more… changeable. In particular, our current age is arguably unprecedented by virtue of the rapid pace of technological change, and the concomitant access to information. Of course, these ‘benefits’ (if that is indeed what they are) are not experienced by everyone.
Like many worriers today, people of past generations have also been hesitant to embrace change, especially after the sun passes the high noon of their lives. The very first thing, therefore, that anyone who feels truly concerned with the effects of current ‘progress’ must ask themselves is: how do I know for sure that things are changing for the worse? Only then can one seriously go about seeking solutions.
Here, I try capture and communicate some of the trends facing our time that I have come to see as particularly worthy of attention.