SHOULD WE CHOOSE?
TIME TO FISH OR CUT BAIT
By: Joan E. Battey
Today's society is increasingly more attuned to rejecting
everything it didn't invent or decree, than it is in weighing cause, effect
and possible needed solutions to problems. With the wonders of today's
high-tech-everything, we've somehow become conditioned to thinking, as was described
in earlier decades, very succinctly. Hasty changes were then described, good or bad,
as: "Out with the old; in with the new."
Older generations had another saying that often came shortly afterward.
Even more situations today could be described the same way, except that things are
"sold" differently now. Earlier the "Don't cry over spilled
milk" meant "don't waste time. Clean it up and be more careful next
time." Today, many things can't be fixed or restored, and time trying to
recover enough to repair damages has been swept away. Fixes aren't possible -- and
often not allowed, if they were possible. Tinkering to fix glitches is
old-fashioned. "Get over it! Times have changed." But,
"Milk" is the least of what is spilled in today's hasty changes.
When overwhelmed with almost more things than could be handled without extreme amounts
of time and effort, older generations used to say they were "too busy to
think." They didn't know about today's new ways that education was going to
change from learning to think, to learning to "demonstrate" knowing how to
perform. They didn't anticipate that basics would be like so much "spilled
milk" -- impossible to recoup in the same form as it was spilled.
"No need to think," just follow the instructions on your
Do we now have a population too busy to think? Are we like the unicorns in
the catchy song years ago -- having so much fun playing on the rocks that they missed
the last call from the ark, before the floods?
When "we" are faced with overwhelming costs due to higher taxes and dwindling
resources, can we really be saved by funds that other people have contributed to
increasing taxes and fees, that "we" also have to pay "so others can
Should we go back to the advice not to cry over spilled milk, and work our way back to
re-string the beads, so to speak? Or should we try to get a good spot on the rocks
if there is still time?
"Variety" used to be "the spice of life." Today variety is
what color do you want your technology to be updated to, so that you can get hundreds of
kinds of things that you are too busy to have time to decipher or totally use.
Unless, of course, you have few other commitments or distractions that you keep you
from 24/7 involvement with your time-saving device.
That's when the last warning for avoiding disasters has come and is in the
countdown to "fish or cut bait."
There are many changes that have been beneficial over time, but only
by assessing benefits vs. pitfalls before eagerly endorsing unseen pros and
cons before it is too late.
E. Battey is a freelance political writer from Apalachin, NY. Her
love of logical dot connecting and writing developed over many years of typesetting
and proof reading in small daily newspapers; ad agency and manufacturing office
secretarial work, and volunteer work in libraries, animal welfare, political campaigns,
and networks of people keeping abreast of the steady "reforms" in education. She
is a regular columnist for Ether Zone.
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