Overwhelm and mistrust is everywhere. I wonder if a national conversation about the impact of technological change might be helpful. So many stressful situations and conditions blamed on others, on "them" (ranging from immigrants to liberals to wealthy business owners), have unfolded in the context of technological change. It’s an elephant in the room moving at the speed of light.
Though it is not the whole story, and the impact varies, the experience of change is one we share. When our stress response kicks in, the thinking part of the brain has less power to direct and manage our thoughts, feelings, and actions.
While you laugh at this idea, please take it seriously: Imagine people gathering in person or online to share their stories, to listen to each other, fully present, without judgment.
In this context, we could stand on common ground and experience our common humanity, maybe even moments of comic relief, a known stress reliever. Given the power of song, it might help to add music to the mix.
This holiday season, what if we shared our stories with the other, with each other? Even a 1% feeling of connection could provide the seed for more caring, more unity. Thank you for your kind attention.
For your viewing pleasure, or visual shock, is this chart showing the number of years until that technology was used by 1/4 of the American [assume U.S.?] population after it became commercially available. Grab your hat. Of the seven technologies shown, note the contrast between electricity, year 1873/46 years, and the web, 1991/7 years.
"The Rate of Technological Change is Accelerating" from Singularity.com: