Now Shock

Fifty years ago I read Future Shock and scoffed at its premise that people in this post-industrial age would eventually freak out at the rapid rate of change in society. Enthralled by incredible advances from the moment I became aware of what was going on in the world beyond my immediate surroundings and possible roles I might one day play in them right up to this nation's successful moon landings and returns, rate of change charged my enthusiasm and optimism for a bright future. And throughout all five decades since then I've experienced a great deal of exhilaration by the rapid rate of change and some disappointment more positive change hasn't come more rapidly. At no point in time have I felt overwhelmed by the brisk pace, having been thrilled again and again while riding that powerful wave.

Now it makes me laugh to realize how accurately Toffler predicted this future as it becomes painfully obvious the majority of people are experiencing information overload surrounding this pandemic, as exhibited by their glaringly obvious inability to heed straightforward expert advice on transmission prevention measures while bungling politicians erect their various self serving, preposterous distortion fields to muddle that sound guidance. And now that drastic changes are just around the corner for people renting or bound to their homes by mortgage as eviction protections expire, ensuing panic will only intensify their befuddlement as resulting rate of change most surely will outpace their meager ability to adapt quickly enough to survive it all.