A paradigm is a standard, perspective, or set of ideas. A paradigm is a way of looking at something. A paradigm is a new way of looking or thinking about something (individually or as a world view). This word comes up a lot in the academic, scientific, and business worlds. A new paradigm in business could mean how a new process is accomplished way of reaching customers, and making money. In education, relying on lectures is a paradigm: if you suddenly shifted to all group work—that would be a new paradigm. When you change paradigms, you’re changing how you think about something.
In the last post I wrote about experiencing paradigm shifts on a personal level. Today my goal is to urge you to contemplate paradigm shifts as a world view in terms of societal changes and the effect of trends. Are personal paradigm shifts distinctly separate from societal paradigm shifts or does one cause the other? The America of today is not the same America it was twenty-years ago neither is America as it was fifty years ago nor will it ever remain the same. The only thing we can be sure of is change. What causes change and is all change necessary? Is some change simply the result of people who fail to act responsibly?
Technology is one of the most apparent catalyst for change in America. For example, technology influences the way we receive information and communicate with each other. We are not limited to televisions anymore and we have not been for quite some time. Personal computers and smart phones open us up to a vast arena with enormous possibilities if we are willing to use them and that’s exactly the point. Should we engage because computers and smart phones are available? Is opting out even a viable option? If we choose not to engage are we limiting ourselves? Without my computer I wouldn’t be able to make this post and of course I would not be able to thank you for taking the time to read it. Is social media a benefit to the society or a hindrance toward intimate communication? Additionally, for those who refuse to engage in the necessary learning curves, they may be considered unqualified to even apply for a new job.
Let’s consider other paradigm shifts that are taking place in America. Here is a short list of just a few areas in America that are a result of a paradigm shift:
Whole foods & Organic Diets
Obesity and obsession with weight loss
Interracial dating and marriage
Increase in divorce rate
Changing attitude about toward traditional marriage and ceremonies
Stay at home Dads
Independent Women: Working & Raising a Family
Drive for fame and fortune vs volunteering and community service
Changing Attitudes toward sexual health
Use of profanity & explicatives in music and television
The question that we must ask ourselves is what should determine our response to the changes that are going on around us? Is our allegiance well established to culture, family, and morals? Must we be willing to make sacrifices, adjust, and shift in order to remain current and stay afloat? Is it possible to be innovative and morally grounded?
My authentic truth:
Nothing should ever take away the power we have to choose. It is ridiculous and against human nature not to expect a person to act in his or her own best interest. Change is inevitable. However, we should respectfully carry our culture and morals with us throughout this journey of life. As I see it, it is possible to be true to self and flexible enough not to lose ourselves as we navigate our way through any type of changes we encounter– especially if we are living life in purpose and on purpose.
In peace and love,
Authentic thoughts are thoughts that are genuine and sincerely expressed. Authentic thoughts reverberate with other authentic individuals so they have an irresistible urge to ponder and or respectfully respond from their own unique perspective.
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