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……that after 165 years Chuck would still be right.
After attending several conferences and meetings in the last month or so, as many of you have, we have been bombarded with new products, techniques, equipment and systems. Some of this new technology is hard to accept and adopt. Sometimes it is just easier to keep doing things the way we always have been doing them.
This reluctance to change is sometimes brought on by fear; whether it is real or perceived. We need to educate ourselves to the best of our abilities on these new technologies. A prime example of unsubstantiated fear is the consumer’s reluctance to accept GMO food products. (I digress, this is a whole other topic)
A few years ago I stumbled across a famous Charles Darwin quote:
“It is not the strongest of the species that survive nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”
When I think about this quote, I think about how a simple bacteria can develop resistance to multiple antibiotics, or how a plant can develop resistance to multiple herbicides. Surely mankind is more intelligent than these organisms; but these and other situations present serious challenges to us.
As we look forward at the new technologies coming at us, we need to keep an open mind so that we can succeed in today’s ever changing environment.
Something to think about.
– Brad K