The everlasting changing environment and the need to understand it.
– John F. Kennedy
There is always a need for change, or at least that is what I believe. There is always new knowledge, new paradigms, new balances of power to analyze and to deal with. We can ask the old Romans about that. They will not answer because they are not there anymore. Fortunately, there is history to tell us about it. A huge political entity that was destroyed by barbarian inroads. And who rules the world today? The barbarians, of course. We do not speak Latin and we do not worship Jupiter, thats for sure. One can ony wonder what would have happened if the Romans would have seen the whole picture, understood the waves of change and taken the correct measures. We will never know. We can also ask Nicolae Ceaucescu about understanding the winds of change. Communism was dying and he stubbornly defended his regime. More examples of people who will not answer because they are not there anymore are the French kings, the Russian Tsars, the Spanish colonialists, etc. What I am trying to say is that we, at all levels of human interaction, should be thoughtful and flexible. Is it not worse to keep a relationship going, in spite of signs that it should break up? If there is an early break up, there are less hurt feelings and less fighting. Is it not better to understand the employees of a company and negotiate with them rather than to reach the point of a strike? From the little person to the huge empire, the lesson is the same: analyze the changes, understand them, be logical, be flexible, be humble and make your decisions.