ChangeClock

Author: Nelson Coulter

Change happens. That’s a given.

Yet change has variability in its timelines.

Conditions Change. Conditions can change very quickly. Weather conditions can change in a heartbeat. A protest can turn into a riot almost instantly.

People Change. People usually change more slowly. Sometimes a person will change after a traumatic experience, or as result of illness, or in the wake of a religious experience, or concluding that they’ve been very wrong.

Systems Change. The slowest change clock of all is that which alters a system. This is the stuff of culture. The IRS won’t change very quickly, if at all. An ideology (political or religious) will only budge at a snail’s pace. Dogma is an extremely slow learner.

For those of us interested in a better tomorrow, we’ll have to commit long-term to tinkering with System Change, because People Change and Conditions Change almost always occur downstream.

In all areas where humans are involved, it’s the habits that matter.

Pack a lunch…

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