As a Canadian, a somewhat informed Canadian, I have been watching our world fall apart. We've been scared, terrorism, "ordinary" people attacking strangers, a new President of the United States that has run a campaign of fear, hate and intollerance, a style that appears to have crossed our border. A global economy that is holding our province hostage. Greed. There was a time in history where leaders were revered and respected. And then someone posts this opening scene for episode one of The Newsroom. Watch this and ask yourself, how are we going to get out from under all this?
I was at a meeting with a client and he said something that I will never forget. He said, "our company was built on quality. But now we can't play that card any more if we are going to survive." Wow. To survive is to lose your core values. To survive you are going to put your customers in jeopardy as this client was. Wow.
I am a huge fan of Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth series. He said all you have to do is watch the news to know we are in trouble.. That was 1988. And he said everyone needs a place to go. To be alone. To do the things they want to do. And hour. Away from everything. But really no one can do that any more. Not even close. No one can shut down. That would mean they would have to talk to people or be aware of their surroundings. No. A 10 second wait results in a smart phone being taken out. We. Can't. Help. Ourselves.
We've been to restaurants where a couple is out for dinner, both with smart phones out, communicating with people who are not there. That is so romantic...