From The Storyteller
Hello All: The opportunity to consider better and different seems relevant during this time when change in our lives is before us. Enjoy, Doug.
“We pump the gas and we clean the glass” is a “service” station (aka. gas station) slogan I grew up with. Evolution has occurred in the gas station business and today, “we” still pump the gas, but the “we” is now “us” doing it at the neighborhood convenience store. Which brings me to the fact that the word evolution simply means “change over time.”
Some changes I find to be very good, like the evolution in medical science that has literally saved my life on several occasions. And some changes that were not so good like 60’s Rock evolving into Acid Rock and Rap. Which naturally brings me to my grandson’s shoes and the absence of shoelaces.
Velcro straps have replaced them. Growing up and learning how to put my shoes on and tying the laces, without parental help, was like a rite of passage.
My sense of accomplishment that came from being able to do this was real, and with the advent of the Velcro straps, that particular rite of passage has disappeared. Which brings me to an observation about hatching baby chicks.
To hatch a fertilized egg, it needs the right temperature and humidity, and to be turned about 3 times a day for 18 days. The last few days you wait and watch until the chick finally peck its way out of the shell. Note: Well-meaning efforts to help the chick break through the shell, do more harm than good.
Which brings me to the idea that just because things have evolved (e.g. pumping gas, Velcro straps and washing machines) does not necessarily mean the change is for the better, sometimes it only means it different.
Moral: Just because we can, does not mean we should.