The world we live in continues to change, as it always has and always will. Life is change, as when change stops, we die. (Physically, mentally, and emotionally)
Now coping with change is something that varies from person to person or from group to group. Over time, the individuals, species, or the packs within species, who best adapted to change, tended to survive.
Our species, homo sapiens tend to divide into three segments (psychologically speaking) when it comes to accepting ‘change’.
- The first are the ‘early adopters’; those who buy the latest gadgets or are quickest to jump on a new thought or idea.
- The large middle ground, this is where for example a fashion trend reaches what Malcolm Gladwell refers to as “The Tipping Point”, and becomes part of accepted and common thought and behavior.
- The ‘laggards’; those who tend to hang on to traditional thought, far beyond rationality.
The biggest ‘change’ in 2018, will not be something brand new, but a general acceptance of a concept by the ‘large middle ground’, which will cascade into so many other areas, causing massive change in the way we think. And that is driver-less automobiles.
Increasingly people will get over the “you will never see me get in one of those” thinking. And when that happens our brains will start to get ‘aha’s’, as to what is going to happen, and we will start to think why not sooner vs later?
The biggest ‘aha’ for me, came when I realized IF we were a totally driver-less society, that deaths from auto accidents would be reduced to virtually 0. And I also started to understand the technology behind automated vehicles which is not only GPS guided, but also reliant on the cameras to avoid collisions. We can see some of these features built into the latest cars’ camera technology today. In the fall of 2018, Audi is set to release the first commercial vehicle to achieve Level 3 autonomy, meaning it can drive itself while monitoring its surroundings, in what could become a closely watched test case for self-driving vehicles.
However, it is not the commercial release of the closest yet to a driver-less car, it is the acceptance of the concept by the ‘large middle ground’, that will be the tipping point to accepting other related changes in the thinking of humankind.
- Logic starts to prevail, and we realize that most of the cars in existence, are sitting idle. It is just not efficient in the big scheme of things and one starts to think how much of our disposable income is spent on the car.
- We start to realize that by using the sharing economy more, we could reduce the amount of money we spend on transportation. Simply trying Uber instead of a conventional cab company opens our thinking to what is possible. (when we see how much cheaper it is) We then check out air b&b and so on and so on…..
- As we become more comfortable doing things online, like saving us a trip to the mall by having Amazon deliver that item, OR buying a recycled item from kijiji. We start to ask ourselves if we really need a brand-new item, if we can save a few hundred dollars on a slightly used one?
- This leads into the final cascade of thinking change for 2018, which is the concept of minimalism. Where we start to ask ourselves how much stuff do we really need to survive happily. The concept of happiness starts to be redefined, and popular culture starts to shift away from the “he who dies with the most toys wins” mentality.
Now I do understand that the ‘laggards’ will say that all of this is just a pipe dream, and that our true nature is one of resistance, violence and basically you either kill or be killed. And the laggards can slow changes down, which causes all of us pain and suffering in the end. They do this by perpetrating fear, which is the opposite of the peaceful existence we were all meant to have. Fear causes anxiety leading to physical and mental illness.
Let us not allow the irrational thinking patterns of the laggards, to slow down a more peaceful existence of humankind. It will happen as we:
- Stop living in the past.
- Start living in the now.
- Continue to learn and grow, based on changing information on how the world works.