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Do not Print That!

By Terry Carlson


Have you caught yourself saying some of the same things your folks or grandparents said to you when you were young? I have.
Especially this: "The world wasn't like this when I was your age." Then the long rant about all of the things that were much different back then. Finally, either my Dad or Grandpa would conclude by saying, "It's an insane world out there, son."
Things were much slower-paced than they were when I came along in 1951.
Fast forward to the present, and we notice that things now are even more fast-paced ­ exponentially so ­ than they were when we were young, thanks to the advent of such things as the internet, satellite/cable TV, and a host of other technological advances ... and I think, socially, the human race hasn't done a good job of keeping up with the changes.
If our parents and grandparents thought the world was "insane" then ...
The reasons we haven't done a good job at keeping up are many, but I'll just break it down to a couple.
First of all, since the 1970s, the mantra has been: "Change is good." You heard it in school, at work-everywhere. So, they ushered in change ... and more change ... and more, and more up to and including this very moment.
Now, I understand the need to be prepped for upcoming changes, however few have bothered to ask not only if the change is needed right now, but whether it's needed at all.
I know this might upset some change fanatics out there, but not all change is good. For example, a diaper change for a baby that has done a you-know-what is a good thing. But when Hitler made some changes in Germany in the 1930s ­ not good.
It would do us a world of good if, instead of blindly jumping on the bandwagon for the next change that comes along, we take a closer look and say, "This diaper ain't dirty-leave it on."
Maybe we should assign someone to act as sort of a Change Watchdog against unwanted, unneeded change.
The other thing is that change proliferates more change. Once a change occurs, it has a rippling effect, creating one change after another. It's like a Lake Vermilion spawning site for northern pike. All of a sudden the immediate area is chock full of northerns using up oxygen and food, and they have to begin moving out into the rest of the lake to survive. That's a good thing. But with people, if an unwanted change slips by the jaundiced eyes of the Change Watchdog, it opens a whole new can of worms, which is only good for fish, and not people.
My point is that things are changing too quickly for us to assess whether it's good change or bad, and it's hard to keep up with it.
We need to take a breather now and then, slow down, and get back to when things were merely insane.


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