It is said that information technology academic studies cannot be long-term, spread over years. What one learns in the first year could become obsolete before one completes the course of few years. The challenge is to keep up with newer technology and the resultant burnouts with the continuous strain taking its toll. We need to be quick on the uptake, learn, relearn and even unlearn! So, not a walk in the park for the faint-hearted! We cannot turn the clock back; but just hang-on for dear life and go with the flow!
Our lives are also getting sucked into such a syndrome. Tough to plan for years, as we do not even know when our jobs will be gone. One of my friends was highly acclaimed for his ability but alas, the company shut doors! He was devastated to seek new pastures and settled for one that offered little challenges and lesser pay. He did not want further disappointments and withdrew into a shell. Those nimble, especially the young, may have the wherewithal to survive but for most these times are a dread and even hopelessness. But none can assure us any certainty in life!
This trend in thinking is taking hold in other areas as well. Even governments seem to think only of daily survival, mostly to put out the fires. What use indeed when those who make the plans could be voted out within years and their efforts thrown out of the window. The challenges are mounting and hotspots requiring urgent intervention may crop up out of the blue. One needs to seize the chances to fight for freedom and democracy in distant lands!
Can we have long term plans or they will soon be made worthless by technology and opportunism? In personal life, I strive not to rock the boat, meaning, opt for a safer option though less rewarding in monetary terms. A known devil is a better than an unknown one! Of course, I do admire those who seek out adventures and enjoy such rides! For me, have the skills to survive near term, and even for a longer duration. Not only work related but also personality wise. Dedication to work, sincerity of purpose, loyalty and team work can make one stand apart when work skills might not! I know some who are obviously skilled, but do they rock the boat violently even? What has been built over years would be destroyed within months, like an earthquake followed now by the inevitable tsunami! I am not finished yet: followed soon after by nuclear reactor meltdown! I have been the brunt of this scene couple of times in life! It takes just one person to knock others off their bearings!
The harsh realities are staring at us! Long term plans look like a mirage in the desert of realities nowadays. We have many such that fail to take off. Weaning us away from fossil fuel for a healthier tomorrow throws up a host of challenges from powerful interests. Every great idea is torpedoed before its budding! Interest groups want to preserve the status quo! Saudi Arabia is promising to awash us with oil supplies while their outputs are suspect! Oil and gas price hikes are easily blamed on speculators. But the common man wants only some semblance of taking charge of the issues and assurances that his life will not be compromised further!
Western democracies are increasingly losing grip over the basics while a no-nonsense China means business. They are already gaining ground on internationalizing their currency. Soon the rug could be pulled beneath the mighty US dollar! One of the last bastions of the free world could fall by the wayside. The implications could be difficult to fathom with such a temblor! They operate more by stealth and decisions based on long term planning! Stealth may not be a virtue but unity of purpose and putting country’s interests above all others will save the day! We all know what we want and it is for our leaders to fulfill their promises to deliver us a better world. Enough of drama and short-term posturing; what matters is long term survival and stability. It seems we are still groping in the dark for the basics. Let us stop fiddling as the next temblor may not be from nature! The seeds are sown by our negligence and devil-may-care attitude! When hope is lost everything is lost; we are nearing the precipice!
I am no doomsayer though may sound as one for some; please accept me as a realist! The greatest achievers are optimists but realists as well. I believe Warren Buffet when he says, he never doubted he would become very rich, but he is also down-to-earth. And he does believe in log-term planning to get the best results. We need political leaders in his mold to ensure our daily bread.