We all know that the world is changing. But we don’t really understand how fast. Or how much these changes are affecting our personal lives now and is escalating rapidly.
If you find this discouraging you might want to stop reading at this point. Sometimes lack of information is an advantage.
What’s Your Rating?
Did you know that you are rated against all your fellow citizens? It’s called a FICO score. The higher your score the easier it is for you to get a loan, apply for a utility, buy a car and generally exist. A loan costs you less in interest. The FICO formula is very secret. It takes in a lot of information about you from various sources, like what you buy, what TV you watch, how much money you make, and even the income levels of your friends and relatives. Along with a bunch of other information. Your FICO is readily available to you. If it’s low, you might want to work on it.
It’s even more restrictive in China. All citizens have a social score, based on their electronically observed behavior. Their score determines their education level, job opportunities, state supplied services like health & welfare… every aspect of their lives.
Change Can Be Seductive
There are many benefits, which makes all this change seductive. Autonomous vehicles will be here soon, which will vastly reduce traffic accidents and even traffic itself. Improved security technology is making it more difficult for criminals, except for the really smart ones who have adapter nicely. Facial recognition, integrated data banks, efficient police communication and intelligence have raised the bar to emphasize bitcoin heists and crooked telemarketing.
The greatest loss is privacy. Increasingly large data banks are collecting increasing amounts of information. Automated Intelligence is getting better and better at interpreting this information. Big Brother is not coming. He is here, and he’s been here for a while.
The Blame Game
It’s always good to be able to blame someone. Try John von Neumann, the Hungarian born mathematician who invented the concept of the digital computer. Born in 1903, he came to this country in 1930 where he had a brilliant career including computing engines, work on the atomic bomb, and a long series of mathematical discoveries. He’s the guy who started all this. He’s not around anymore but I suspect that he’s perched somewhere in a cloud computer observing the mischief.
Then there are those who tend to be incredibly brilliant. We may wonder how they got more than the average person on their brain power.
Somehow the Hungarians seem prone to brilliance. Take Nicholas Tesla, inventor of alternating current electricity. Or Hedy Lamaar, the gorgeous and famous Hollywood actress who invented an encrypted communication system in use today.
We can look to their brilliance as a sign of what’s possible.
What is true is this; the world is changing and to find true happiness, we must be willing to find our place in this ever-changing world.
Dealing with Change
In order to not only survive, but thrive, in this changing world the first step is to acknowledge you do have the ability to do so.
- Acknowledge the change. Don’t pretend change isn’t underway.
- Face your fears. Don’t hide your head in the sand. Rather, face the fact you may have fear. This allows you to do something about it.
- Surround yourself with those who will be there for you during uncertain times.
- Take quite time in order to get, and stay, centered.
- Be part of the change. Rather than being someone who hopes others will do something, be willing to contribute to change in a positive way.
- Reduce Stress and anxiety through the practice of meditation, walks in nature, time with family and friends, and enjoying hobbies you love