Off-topic and a bit philosophical: Is it possible to #changehow nothing changes?

While I brew a post about the nature of successful feedback, clock this piece of cynicism.

There should also perhaps be a paragraph that says “Can see that change needs to happen, have the motivation, try and then get demotivated by feedback you choose to label aggressive, condescending and knee-jerk.”  Or not.

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Fwiw, the Ibn Khaldun (from wikipedia) reference; “Perhaps the most frequently cited observation drawn from Ibn Khaldūn’s work is the notion that when a society becomes a great civilization (and, presumably, the dominant culture in its region), its high point is followed by a period of decay. This means that the next cohesive group that conquers the diminished civilization is, by comparison, a group of barbarians. Once the barbarians solidify their control over the conquered society, however, they become attracted to its more refined aspects, such as literacy and arts, and either assimilate into or appropriate such cultural practices. Then, eventually, the former barbarians will be conquered by a new set of barbarians, who will repeat the process. Some contemporary readers of Khaldun have read this as an early business cycle theory, though set in the historical circumstances of the mature Islamic empire.”
FWIW#2  Fundamental Attribution Error.


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2 Responses to Off-topic and a bit philosophical: Is it possible to #changehow nothing changes?

  1. Dave Bishop says:

    There’s no denying that there’s a lot of truth in that, Marc. But here’s a thought off, the top of my head: Is science a game-changer? Does the fact that we now have a much better understanding of who we are, where we’ve come from, our true place in the Universe and the disastrous places we’re currently heading for, mean that, long-term, we will succeed in breaking with these civilisation-barbarism-civilisation cycles? One thing is certain, though – neither of us will live long enough to find out!

  2. pete says:

    As far as eco matters go there is a bit missing from that diagram.

    It should say

    ‘Can see that change needs to happen but as an affluent, educated green I’m only prepared to use the ‘do as I say, not as I do approach’ as I have no intention of cutting down on my comfortable lifestyle’ that my income gets me. While expecting the poor to freeze in winter and to make do with a day trip to Rhyl as a holiday I might just be prepared to recycle the odd plastic bag, take one less foreign holiday per year and to promise to glance at the CO2 emission figures when buying my own car and the ones for my wife and teenage kids.’

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