Well, while I wait and prepare for a phone interview this morning, I zipped over to Faith Popcorn’s site, Brain Reserve. I use Popcorn’s site both in my understanding of current trends and issues, as well as within the classroom. I am all about the future and like the game of anticipation. I love examining what is trending, what is going to happen, even predict the future, especially with technology. But to know how technology is going to change or expound our dynamic world, you need to know what is going on out there; how people are changing. That means trawling for information, dissecting the mass of words and envisioning, visualizing, what is going on.
Faith is predicting that women are on the cusp of cultural authority. That they are again, stepping out of the shadows and taking the reins of most decision-making. Hasn’t that always been the case, but were behind the gossamer veil that is the shoulders of most men. Women were the silent child, eyes narrowed, always looking for the nuances of the world and stepping forward at critical times. Now, even more so, we are exerting our voice, in better way than the feminist revolution of the late 60’s and 70’s. We are exerting our brain power.
I agree and disagree with Faith on certain aspects. I know we are on a precipice of change, and we are exerting a great deal of energy fighting against the tide. I have been at this precipice since 2003 or earlier, looking over into the differing shades of the abyss, or back at those that are behind me. Technology has been a major player, a companion beside me. The medium is prompting questions, making suggestions, and gritting its bytes for us to see potential and make the leap. The early explorers (visions of the Life Cycle) have already leapt out over the edge and are navigating through the next generation. Those active involvers that are still immersed in old technologies, are feeling the fingers tickling at their psyche’s to ditched the old and return to that fun first stage; throw caution to the wind and fly. And those reaching the pinnacle and/or stagnating, afraid of what is coming, need to ask the question, that many do not ask themselves, “What are you afraid of?”
This could harken back to self-identity and self-awareness. That there are those unwilling to even think about the opportunities and possibilities of the future because of the loss of something innate or even traditional. But what is tradition? Maybe the definition of tradition, the authentic needs to change. Maybe it is not about the people, but about the action? For instance, I had dinner yesterday with my Greek family. We had a traditional dish of gravy meat and Greek noodles, called Stifado (I think). The stew, much like my own mother’s ‘golfer’s stew’, had at its bedrock in wine, cinnamon and the cooking process. I enjoyed it immensely and made sure I thanked the cook, several times. At the end of the meal we had a traditional talk as the grandkids, nieces and nephew went on their way to play. At one point, recipes were compared or I should say finished dishes. What I am getting at, is this is a traditional dish. Culture exists in its varied forms, and conveyed in different styles. A simple recipe card passed down from one family to another is a tradition. We don’t necessarily have to have the same customs present. The dish is the tradition. The act of sitting around that table is a tradition. We don’t lose our identity with change. As Darwin, expounds, we adapt, we overcome and we persevere.
If we jump off that precipice that is looming on the horizon, that edge that we are inching closer too, what are we afraid of losing, giving up, or see disappear? Are we not ourselves, made better? Are we not captains of that adventure, that journey that can control and not, the internal and external forces that push and pull at us? We cannot be afraid of change. We may balk at its first steps, but at one point, we need to turn the light on and throw caution to the wind.