PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Elmen Lamprecht
 
Comments: 2
Article views: 186
 
 
Latest Badges:

 
View all Elmen Lamprecht's badges.
 

Are we ready for the transition?

13 January 2014, 14:39

Are we ready for the transition?

History is filled with examples of how human kind moved forward by changing their thinking whenever confronted with social and economic change.   Confronted with the crumbing of the aristocratic state (and the development of the city-state), the Ancient Greeks moved from Myth to Rational thought through the use of philosophy.  Confronted with the tyranny of the Church, the Reformists moved from a passive-religion (faith dependent on a mediator) to an active-religion whereby Christians could have direct contact with their God.  Through failings of the industrial age we saw the birth of a cultural revolution that forever changed our conceptions about the segregation of the races and the rights of women.

Can someone tell me then, why are we currently so reluctant to change the way the thing about the world in the face of our current challenges?  All across the globe we are confronted with political and economic troubles, created by our current system of thought.  It seems so obvious that we need a new paradigm but seems so difficult to let go of the one we have trusted for so long. 

Change is forced upon us

Unfortunately, history also tells us that a changing paradigm is forced upon human kind.  The Ancient Greeks did not instantly change their paradigm when they saw trouble coming.  It took decades of strife and countless lives to make the transition.  The reformed paradigm of religion was preceded by years of persecution, torture and brutal executions.  The end of the industrial age was heralded by the social unrests and wars of the 1950’s and 1960’s.

It seems that in order to construct a new reality, the building blocks of truth first needs to be broken apart from our previous construct.  The blocks that we used to build our current paradigm need to be dislodged, often violently, before we can build our new paradigm.  As we discover more building blocks of truth, we learn to build new realities with the blocks of truth that we have discovered through the millennia. 

Learning from the past

With my entire being, I hope that we have learned enough from our previous transitions to use this knowledge to avoid large scale bloodshed during the next.  Change will always come with pain but it need not be physical pain necessarily.  Should we all accept that economic pain (foregoing short term pleasure for long term gain) and political pain (radical change in current structures) are needed then we will avoid the unnecessary loss of lives. 

The biggest challenge would be requiring individuals with current economic and political power to hand over their power for the greater good of mankind.  And this, ladies and gentlemen, has rarely happened before.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Merry Martin
Theists, please stop explaining!

SilverBack wrote a series of rebuttal articles recently, and one of the issues he raised was the scene where God instructs Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, only to rescind that instruction at the last minute.  Read more...

250 comments 1860 views
Submitted by
MyNews24 delay

We have been receiving your photos and stories but at the moment we're experiencing technical difficulties and are unable to publish them. But there is a way to get heard. Read more.  Read more...

0 comments 331 views
Submitted by
Luthando Taitai
Let's appreciate them while they ...

There is a tendency of only showing appreciation of someone when they are gone, how many people go to bed everyday deprived this important token. Read more...

1 comments 487 views
Submitted by
Joe Johnson789
Celebrity deaths bring violent cr...

The eyes of the world were on South Africa for about ten months the trial of Oscar Pistorius lasted. It was reported as one of the most watched media events in recent history. Read more...

9 comments 979 views
Submitted by
Manny Obi-Wan Meyer
The pleasure of finding things ou...

I have often wondered how the events of my past have structured my life in the present, my various skills and propensities, my way of reflecting upon the world at large. Read more...

12 comments 697 views
Submitted by
capetowndoll
God is tangible

I am writing this to let every atheist know what happened to me when I was deeply concerned about my mother. Read more...

425 comments 4991 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to R2100 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blowing deals on electronics!

Save up to 35% on electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Hot offer: Up to 50% off irons

Save up to 50% on all Philips irons. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.