Thursday, March 24, 2011

Time "Marches On" ? No, It LEAPS !! Can We Ever "Catch Up" ?

Inevitably is a factor here, I believe. The various traditional aspects of the world's cultures and societies seem to be chipped away at, in a too-rapid pace.

Maybe "chipped away" is not as appropriate description as "subtly transitioning," at an increasingly too-rapid pace. But, it is happening.

Earlier, I mentioned this matter in the book I authored, "Our Critical Challenge World-Wide". It has ancient deities and gods meeting a year or two ago, to discuss today's threatening perils and how to help all of us to cope.

The gods converse, and one says that young people in this 21st Century have a greater difficulty in successfully maturing from teenhood into maturity.

Not necessarily so, a colleague said; youth in all centuries have
had to deal with those troubling years.

But they basically agreed that roadblocks confronting today's youths are probably greater than ever, in history.

The changes cited that youth must contend with were numerous. The demand
that youth become better educated in order to compete and achieve as
technologies evolve, as years of life-expectancy increase and place more burdens, as peoples of different cultures and different religions meld into a tighter social mix, as life-styles change. Etcetera. Difficult, indeed, for our youth.

This has led me to a thought or two, that if today's youth have it rough
to happily cope, theirs is a venture somewhat paralleled by ours -- those of elderly years, that is.

You don't have to think about this matter. Just note it! Shortcuts now
make it so you don't have to trip to the library for deep research; you accomplish the same by leisurely reading the Kindle or iPad or whatever, in you hand. A century ago, adults saw friends maybe once a week, at church. Then came telephones for immediate contacting, and then the hand-held two-way radios. And television. And, lately, those gadgets
that you put in your hands and let fingers tap away to exchange text messages with friends.

Now, of course, you add the wonders of opportunities to pursue any and all types or research, via the computer. Ah, the wonders of Facebook, of Twitter, of Blogging!

I am "old hat." I remember well, suffering through a couple of years in high school being in daily typewriting class, learning correct use of this finger to manipulate one key, and aother finger to specifically be used
for another key. Practice led to improvement. I masstered the typing, realtively speaking, and it has served me well, and still does.

Contrast that with the example of my great granddaughter, now in middle school. She has not been exposed to a typing class. Do they teach it any more? She can relax in an easy chair, and use that wee hand-held gadget to communicate with friends. She hasn't had to learn fingering technique, but she deftly types letters on it quicker than I can type on my computer.
Furthermore, she doesn't have to learn proper spelling. An amazing
language of condensed/counter-mixed letters and symbols comes into existence. It is different. But it is effective communication!

Well, my g-granddaughter is coping well. She is good with that technical apparatus. With a computer, too. If anything, I conclude, her potential scope of achieving may, indeed, be broader than mine was, at her age.

Will she ever "catch up" I doubt it, if the "LEAPING" continues as we
hopefully prevent future nuclear warfare. But her being a part of that
constant effort to "catch up" will be a positive for our society.

Our role, in all this? We must find the means to avoid the perils of
nuclear warfare, via international agreements reached by humans who have respect for each other, and a desire for happy co-existence.

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