Waves Are Fundamental

 

It Is Time to Pay Attention

If we are paying attention and scanning both the past and the future, it is clear that waves are fundamental not just in our lives but in the universe. The obvious question is why we care. Certainly in the universe we have no effect on the clashing of star systems among other things. But, to some of us, the process is intriguing.

Let’s Come Closer to Home

If we look at economics for, example, we see an ongoing process of change with boom and bust cycles. Note is taken of the economic cycles but there is generally less attention to large and small social and cultural cycles. And the larger changes for humankind as a whole seem to attract little attention. But it is in our interest to pay attention because the outcomes may be very attractive or horrifying.

The Animal World

From time to time I watch television shows about animal groups. After a time my interest wains because the one thing they have in common is reproduction and eating—often each other. Humans do that as well but other things in our lives, such as economics have great import.

It is not just a matter of simple day to day survival. Species rise and fall but of greater interest for us is the story of civilization. We struggle with each other as most animals do but our impact on our planet bears close watching. The outcome will affect a lot more than just us.

A Multitude of Waves

Waves in our lives seem to come in short and long form. We get ourselves into wars, economic success and ruin and larger processes. But too often there is one thing in common and that is that we too often do not pay enough attention. Suddenly we are at war, suddenly we are in an economic depression. Now stewardship of each other and our planet is coming to the fore at least for some of us.

This is An Intriguing Time

I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say that what we face now seems to have more potential impact than ever before. Certainly we have a history of prolonged war but it has tended to be focused on a region. Now we have what we call world wars and a nuclear conflict could bring unprecedented effects to the entire planet.

But overall, I find myself looking at a drama and flow of waves which exceed anything I expected to see. In some ways it is like standing on the ocean shore and watching competing currents and their waves. The potential impact of the liberation of women will probably have more of an effect than almost anyone expects. And certainly the people among us resistant to the change seem to be narrow-minded and fail to see effect and potential. And, also in the world at large, there is a growing wave of authoritarianism. We have seen totalitarian states arise before but what is happening now has a curious set of potentials.

Are We Going to Pay Attention and Take Command

The stakes are so high that we need to be more than observers. The beginning point suggests we need to attempt to understand the potential import and impact. Standing idly by and inattentive is not indicated. There is limited comment but I would love to see larger serous public attention to the various processes. Perhaps we can’t know where these waves will lead but if we study them we might have the opportunity to direct them in some fashion to our mutual benefit. Some would say we already do. I would contend that the waves deserve deeper and greater attention.

Gaia’s Majesty-Mission Called: Women in Power by Roger B. Burt

Roger B. Burt’s Amazon home page

Creating Characters and Plots by Roger B. Burt

Stepfamilies: Professionals and Stepcouples in Partnership

Whatever Happened to Community Mental Health by Roger B. Burt

Waves Are Fundamental

 

It Is Time to Pay Attention

If we are paying attention and scanning both the past and the future, it is clear that waves are fundamental not just in our lives but in the universe. The obvious question is why we care. Certainly in the universe we have no effect on the clashing of star systems among other things. But, to some of us, the process is intriguing.

Let’s Come Closer to Home

If we look at economics for, example, we see an ongoing process of change with boom and bust cycles. Note is taken of the economic cycles but there is generally less attention to large and small social and cultural cycles. And the larger changes for humankind as a whole seem to attract little attention. But it is in our interest to pay attention because the outcomes may be very attractive or horrifying.

The Animal World

From time to time I watch television shows about animal groups. After a time my interest wains because the one thing they have in common is reproduction and eating—often each other. Humans do that as well but other things in our lives, such as economics have great import.

It is not just a matter of simple day to day survival. Species rise and fall but of greater interest for us is the story of civilization. We struggle with each other as most animals do but our impact on our planet bears close watching. The outcome will affect a lot more than just us.

A Multitude of Waves

Waves in our lives seem to come in short and long form. We get ourselves into wars, economic success and ruin and larger processes. But too often there is one thing in common and that is that we too often do not pay enough attention. Suddenly we are at war, suddenly we are in an economic depression. Now stewardship of each other and our planet is coming to the fore at least for some of us.

This is An Intriguing Time

I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say that what we face now seems to have more potential impact than ever before. Certainly we have a history of prolonged war but it has tended to be focused on a region. Now we have what we call world wars and a nuclear conflict could bring unprecedented effects to the entire planet.

But overall, I find myself looking at a drama and flow of waves which exceed anything I expected to see. In some ways it is like standing on the ocean shore and watching competing currents and their waves. The potential impact of the liberation of women will probably have more of an effect than almost anyone expects. And certainly the people among us resistant to the change seem to be narrow-minded and fail to see effect and potential. And, also in the world at large, there is a growing wave of authoritarianism. We have seen totalitarian states arise before but what is happening now has a curious set of potentials.

Are We Going to Pay Attention and Take Command

The stakes are so high that we need to be more than observers. The beginning point suggests we need to attempt to understand the potential import and impact. Standing idly by and inattentive is not indicated. There is limited comment but I would love to see larger serous public attention to the various processes. Perhaps we can’t know where these waves will lead but if we study them we might have the opportunity to direct them in some fashion to our mutual benefit. Some would say we already do. I would contend that the waves deserve deeper and greater attention.

Gaia’s Majesty-Mission Called: Women in Power by Roger B. Burt

Roger B. Burt’s Amazon home page

Creating Characters and Plots by Roger B. Burt

Stepfamilies: Professionals and Stepcouples in Partnership

Whatever Happened to Community Mental Health by Roger B. Burt

Life’s a Beach (Not the other word)

 

What does the beach mean to you?

Allegories Abound

The term in the title is often made as a complaint about hardship or complications. But it also can be interpreted as an allegory. How we love the beach! Glorious in summer it offers us motion, change, ease and cools our days and nights with gentle breezes.

But the most prominent feature of the beach is the waves. They touch our hearts as the most prominent feature of our planet interacts with us. It also represents the very essence of our existence. Our lives are ruled by waves as are our social interactions and the larger experiences of humankind.

Succession and Change

Of course, we understand change but the waves of the ocean are enduring and, while repetitive, they are also ever changing with tides, gentle caresses and tempests. Surfers understand to wait off shore for the very special waves. And they do come in, yes, waves. And what we are learning is that our lives are ruled by the goings and comings of tides and successions of waves of entirely different kinds.

It is fascinating that economists are focusing on theories of waves currently. In recent history we can see the waves as conflict built leading to World War I, turmoil of a different kind and then the building tumult of the rise of naziism culminating in the next wave of conflicts called World War II.

In America we saw the tide of people coming off the farms to factories and the crush of such movement in the war effort. Then the men came home, built families and we had unexpected prosperity.

Information Technology

Of the greatest interest is the rise of information technology. It appears to be the beginning of one of the largest wave movements. Humankind went from feudalism to the industrial revolution to market capitalism and now information technology is apparently leading to what is being called a postcapitalistic society.

I won’t go into all the fascinating details in Paul Mason’s book Postcapitalism but he makes a compelling case. At first it is hard to grasp but he gave one example which was illuminating. Did you know that 75% of the world’s music is stored in a computer in Cupertino, California. The cost of storing is minimal, given the magnitude of data and that and the means of distribution and sale has brought the cost of purchase down dramatically.

Tsunami of Change

As a young person I recall getting on a bus near my house and riding it to a nearby town to a record story. I would go in and request to hear certain records I was considering purchasing. I took them into a booth where I would listen to them and make a selection. Then I climbed on the bus and went home with my purchase.

Need I say more, as I sit here at my computer considering what I might want to purchase. The ramifications are amazing and the argument is made that these processes will put an end to capitalism as we have known it. The playing out of the effects into all elements of society are endless. And, in world conflict, we are seeing the waves of our future.

How has information technology changed your life?

Gaia’s Majesty-Mission Called: Women in Power by Roger B. Burt

Roger B. Burt’s Amazon home page

Creating Characters and Plots by Roger B. Burt

Stepfamilies: Professionals and Stepcouples in Partnership

Whatever Happened to Community Mental Health by Roger B. Burt

Waves In Our Lives – Personal

 

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What does a personal life wave mean to you?

A Defining Wave

In my childhood, when we were driving, my father talked to me about family history and specifically his history. I’m was not sure why. I came to think it may have been because he had learned not to share it with most people. Here’s why.

Who Came Before

Two of my great grandfathers fought in the Confederate army. As it turns out, what was passed down was that they “fought in” but did not fight for the confederacy. My father’s people owned no slaves and lived in poverty in central Mississippi near the Alabama border. When the war started, armed men came through the countryside and demanded service. To these poor men it meant they left wives and children behind to tend the modest farms. But they had no choice. Neither men were wounded and were able to return to their families. But life remained hard. At a young age these revelations left me with an understanding of how life can be complex and unfair.

Then My Father

My father was born in 1898. His mother died when he was five and his father suffered terrible arthritis. His father did what he could to support his family but my father and his brother had to step up to help at an early age. When they turned eight they went to work in a sawmill leading mules. Gradually they pieced together an education.

The message from my grandfather to my father was “get out of here, son. There’s no future for you.” With his father’s blessing he saved his pennies and bought a suit and a cardboard suitcase. In 1917 he boarded a train to Washington, D.C. and took a job in the War Department during World War I. In time he went on to college at Columbia University and to medical school there. Interestingly, he learned that a lot of people did not want to hear this story.

A Great Wave

This was a period of a long wave of one kind. Having suffered a devastating civil war, the echoes of which still vibrate to this day, our country came out into the world to enter World War I. There followed a burst of energy in the Roaring Twenties, a dive into the Great Depression and another world war. My father, then a surgeon, wanted to join and help. They declined, feeling he was needed on the homefront.

These wars shaped our country in ways we could not foresee. We were the only major power left standing at the end of World War II and our young men returned, not to the farms, but to industry, setting the stage for a very different wave in which I grew.

My Beginning

Saturday mornings I listened to stories on the radio. One morning they interrupted the story to announce that a man by the name of Franklin Delano Roosevelt had died. I went downstairs and asked my mother who he was. I was to learn that this time, at the end of World War II, I was thrust into a very different wave from the one my father rode.

The Effect

I owe my father a debt of thanks. Not just for the fact that he was a good father but because he shared his background with me in detail. I took it in and it has a lot to do with my perceptions about life and the meaning of what I see. There is richness, there is tragedy, love and horror and so much more. But fundamental to me was the recognition that things are never as they seem, that we live on the cusp of reality and that speculation is indicated as we seek the meaning of events shaping our lives and the lives of others. The elements in this wave led me to psychology and the lure of speculative fiction.
What wave or waves are you perceiving and have you ridden?

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Life’s a Beach

 

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What does the beach mean to you?

Allegories Abound

The term in the title is often made as a complaint about hardship or complications. But it also can be interpreted as an allegory. How we love the beach! Glorious in summer it offers us motion, change, ease and cools our days and nights with gentle breezes.

But the most prominent feature of the beach is the waves. They touch our hearts as the most prominent feature of our planet interacts with us. It also represents the very essence of our existence. Our lives are ruled by waves as are our social interactions and the larger experiences of humankind.

Succession and Change

Of course, we understand change but the waves of the ocean are enduring and, while repetitive, they are also ever changing with tides, gentle caresses and tempests. Surfers understand to wait off shore for the very special waves. And they do come in, yes, waves. And what we are learning is that our lives are ruled by the goings and comings of tides and successions of waves of entirely different kinds.

It is fascinating that economists are focusing on theories of waves currently. In recent history we can see the waves as conflict built leading to World War I, turmoil of a different kind and then the building tumult of the rise of naziism culminating in the next wave of conflicts called World War II.

In America we saw the tide of people coming off the farms to factories and the crush of such movement in the war effort. Then the men came home, built families and we had unexpected prosperity.

Information Technology

Of the greatest interest is the rise of information technology. It appears to be the beginning of one of the largest wave movements. Humankind went from feudalism to the industrial revolution to market capitalism and now information technology is apparently leading to what is being called a postcapitalistic society.

I won’t go into all the fascinating details in Paul Mason’s book Postcapitalism but he makes a compelling case. At first it is hard to grasp but he gave one example which was illuminating. Did you know that 75% of the world’s music is stored in a computer in Cupertino, California. The cost of storing is minimal, given the magnitude of data and that and the means of distribution and sale has brought the cost of purchase down dramatically.
Tsunami of Change

As a young person I recall getting on a bus near my house and riding it to a nearby town to a record story. I would go in and request to hear certain records I was considering purchasing. I took them into a booth where I would listen to them and make a selection. Then I climbed on the bus and went home with my purchase.

Need I say more, as I sit here at my computer considering what I might want to purchase. The ramifications are amazing and the argument is made that these processes will put an end to capitalism as we have known it. The playing out of the effects into all elements of society are endless. And, in world conflict, we are seeing the waves of our future.

How has information technology changed your life?

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Roger B. Burt’s Amazon home page

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