Monday, August 15, 2011
Are you reluctant to change?
I don't think our fair city of Victoria, is different from any other city in the United States when it comes to human emotions. I'm keeping up with a very interesting and informative discussion about compact fluorescent bulbs and the old conventional ones. I wonder how much of that discussion is from not wanting to change?
Last Friday, my wife and I enjoyed our 44th wedding anniversary, I still enjoy listening to 60s and 70s music, but I enjoy reading about the latest technological advances, so I'm not completely against change. I separate nostalgia from change. Whenever we gave my parents something new, they always said “there was nothing wrong with the old one." That's fine to a point, but I remember it took me several months to get my stepfather to direct deposit their Social Security checks. He was already up in age and a traffic accident waiting to happen. It broke my heart because, when we started mowing the lawn for him; he just gave up on life. It's important to note that gradual change is best but there are unforeseen consequences that must be considered.
I guess people want the latest and the greatest when it comes to their entertainment. I don't believe there are many that went from vinyl to DVD, kicking and screaming. We transformed from bulky VCRs to blue ray players and from digital to HD TV without complaining. Does anyone still prefer a dial up connection to the Internet over DSL or cable?
We have a 100-year-old power grid and have been on fossil fuels forever, but one mention of replacing those energy sources will bring cries of “drill baby drill" and get rid of the EPA because people don't want to pay the initial costs of the new alternative energy source. We will eventually pay for them but it will be Germany, South Korea, or China, who will be supplying us with the new green energy the world is craving for. Guess what, it won't be cheap!
I have witnessed the outrage over gay marriage become a dull roar. When “don’t ask don't tell" was repealed, very few organized to protest. I haven't seen the evangelical right try to use gay marriage, as a political issue lately. I'm not saying these people still don't have strong feelings against it, but they see the eventuality of it becoming a moot point. It's one of those “if no one shows up at the protest to challenge, is it a protest?"
I have noticed traffic on Navarro beginning to pick up. I have also seen a rise in murders, and crime is a whole, so these are obvious signs of growing pains? Will Victorians accept the change or will they accept plans to stay ahead of the game? Will we start thinking about hiring more police officers or doing some traffic surveys? I have several old friends who tell me that they might move to the country or another small town because Victoria is getting too big for them.
It all comes down to how we accept change. A good example of that comes in the form of Gheni Platenburg's blog today. She is writing a blog about people not finding a job because they haven't mastered the English language. The first commenter (tafoer) stated "I look forward to you story. Please ask the question of those you might interview why they refuse to learn English." He takes it for granted these people refuse to learn English but English is hard to learn. I know several who won't speak Spanish because they're laughed that, and it's the same way with English. We can only change ourselves but if we don't, how can we expect others to change?