The thing about the United States is, that it used to be this diverse country with amazing regional differences that were fascinating if you gave them a chance. Now, of course, it is a hideously pockmarked relic of adult DisneyLands—where’s the Bar Louie and That Bowling Place?
Fifty different states and fifty different places and people and traditions all blurred together in a New Millenium of community in a box, Legoland for realz.
Someone like Frank Lloyd Wright or Louis Sullivan (Chicago School) said Form Follows Function. I think Function Follow Form as well. So where is the blurred line between mixing zone and monotony? So, I suppose when places and things act alike they look alike and vice versa. Which may make for a certain amount of unity (there’s going to be one way and one option and that’s it), but it also makes for a whole lot of boring, if you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all and why bother?
Diversity is differences, which can breed friction. Uniformity can constricting and leave some people gasping for a taste of freedom. I guess that what one prefers depends in part on how much tension you can abide and one type. Some people would like to hash thing out and to thine own self be true; others would rather conform and get along, regards of how much they loose of themselves and others in the conforming.
So, it’s a balance of balances and the checks and balances of outrageous fortune find everyone eventually—I guess. What goes around comes around or something like that?
I think the conventional wisdom is that Change is Hard. I guess I agree except when there is no choice and then Change just Is, and what is or is not Hard is the fallout of Change. And I think to me whether that is hard or easy, whether it is fun or miserable is up to you.
What is almost always hard, I think, is to know whether you should accept Change when there is a choice. That’s the tough one, but I guess the Spiritual among us would say that is the Heart of what makes us Human. Flawed we are, but a choice we have. Um, yes. Choose wisely, but always question your assumptions and let yourself have do-overs when necessary. Adaptive Management for the Soul.
Of course, then there is the “accepting what you can’t change” as well. It is easy to chose or reject change when it is only yourself. But if it is the external? Well, that’s up to a lot of people. You may not be able to determine an outcome, but you can always walk away, always find option three. Or four, Or eight.