Tuesday, October 16, 2018

"The World Is Too Much With Us..."

On Monday morning, my wife and I watched a recorded program in which a man--supposedly an expert in the field--segued from Google and the Internet into a discussion of bitcoins and cryptocurrency.  About halfway through the program, by mutual agreement we turned off the set. My problem was that, even if I understood all that this expert was saying, the changes he predicted weren't going to come about until I'm long gone. It was interesting, but until it happened it was sort of theoretical.

That same morning, I saw that Sears--a mainstay retailer for most of my adult life--was filing for bankruptcy. I'd been reading that a lot of their customer service, which until recently was one of the reasons people kept coming back to them, had slipped. Other retailers were changing the way they did business. The world was changing. And, to paraphrase Danny Glover in the film "Lethal Remedy," I'm getting too old for this stuff.

Wordsworth said, "The world is too much with us, late and soon." There was a time when I echoed those words, but now I tend to agree more with Bob Dylan. "The times they are a-changing."  If you'll allow me one more quote, this from obsessive-compulsive detective Adrian Monk, "I don't mind change. I just don't like to be around while it's happening."

What do you think?


Priscilla Bettis said...

I try to look for the positives in change. I know disabled survivors of polio because they were children before the polio vaccine. I remember half the books appropriate for my age back in elementary school had lame book cover art and were sappy and thumped some kind of too-obvious moral lesson into the reader's head. (Oh, to be a kid now with all those wonderful middle grade and young adult book selections.) Of course, just because I look for the positives, doesn't mean I always find them.

Richard Mabry said...

Priscilla--And there was always the thrill of a new Highlights For Children arriving. I always tried to be like Gallant, not Goofus. Yes, there were some highlights back then, and even today. But I also know that "new" does not always equal "improved."

Patricia Bradley said...

So agree with you both. I don't like change even when I'm advocating for it. :-) I think we all like the comfort of what we know and are used to. Great post. And I hate that Sears is in trouble. Every year I looked forward to getting the toy catalog and salivating over the cap pistols.

Richard Mabry said...

Patricia, And I salivated over both the Sears and Montgomery Ward catalogs, turning immediately to the sporting goods section to see the latest in gloves and bats. Ah, memories.