I came across a debate about old school and new trends. It’s a bit sad. Especially as I’m somewhere in the middle about this. I don’t cling to the old, I use the new (I thank God for the adaptability ease I have), yet I refuse to agree on people judging others by the shine of their new car or a brand new, just released, mobile phone. Because, by doing so, we only encourage excessive consumerism, bring tons of money in the pockets of big brands and boost pre-judgement.
The discussion was about some small aspect of business life – email platform. Gmail or no Gmail? That’s it. But you won’t believe how much controversy I discovered there. How much prejudice can be released over such a matter! (too much, if you ask me)
So, why did I decide to bring this topic up, in the first place? Let me tell you in a few words…
Because such visions sustain the “judge by the cover” concept. They sustain useless consumerism, based on the need to fit in, only. Based on some people’s thought of being better than others. Based on a clear rejection of the “we breathe the same air” idea. Based on the “if you’re not like that, you don’t exist” principle.
God forbid you look for something else than money in this life! God forbid you dare to speak your mind or stand above by doing something differently! God forbid you think outside of the box and get out of the line of masses! You’re a renegade. Exile is written on your forehead! For sure!
People find it so hard to accept differences. But is this, for real, what is this all about? All of us, crowding under the umbrella of a pattern? Why? Should we obey – blindly – to some stupid trends? Is the power of thought definitely lost? Do we have to become robots of a society we hate? (I’m not saying technology sucks, I’m stressing out another aspect here!)
“We need to align” you may say… But why people, why? Why this excessive need to be like everyone else? Why this need for displaying bling bling and sparkly nothings or gather fortunes we will never get to spend or take with us on the other side? And why the fear of speaking our own minds? What can happen, worse than being judged harshly because we lack a small brilliant on a tooth? Why so much fake?
Going back to the topic this article was inspired by…
The lady was, actually, making a valid point. In the means of functionality and ease of end-user interaction. But here is where I stop the agreeing part… We claim to posses the skill of adaptability, yet – when reading the comments – we clearly confront our own previous statements. And this is what I mean by that…
The world-wide accepted idea about the term can be found here. But here is my view on adaptability: the ease to respond to any circumstance, by doing things one may not feel comfortable about, but that may add value to an activity or someone else.
Out of pure curiosity, I just browsed for this word on the “master search engine” and this is what I found (I’m still amazed by the fitting to my text):
” “People and rats together have a corner on the adaptability market” Ostfel told the Daily Beast – Winston Ross, “Hurricane Sandy Worsens, N.Y. Rat Problem” “
I am aware of the fact that business does, not at all, care about a soul. Yet, from having a job to sustain life to considering people numbers that roll the green/ blue/ red (whatever the color) paper bills that sustain greed and make them embrace a fake idea of the normal… That’s definitely a road I can’t take! I can’t agree with it!
So, what if we tried hard to change these views? What would the success rate be?
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