Seems to be the word of the year. You hear it everywhere. Sounds great. Out with the old, in with the new. Anything’s better than what we have now. Change is always good.
Think again. Remember “New Coke”? …Remember the rise of Adolph Hitler?
This constant harping on change reminds me of a Bible verse, Jeremiah 6:16: “Thus says the LORD: ‘Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.’ But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.'”
I’m NOT saying all change is bad. Neither was Jeremiah. Of course some kinds of change are good, but some kinds of change only sound good on the surface. Endorsing those could be like jumping onto a patch of ice on a high, narrow cliff top. When we do that, we’re in instant danger of slippy-sliding in all kinds of dangerous directions and ending up a whole lot worse off than we were.
What I am saying is this: If we want change, let’s study. Think for ourselves. Consider where the particular change we’re enamored with might lead. Let’s use our imaginations and a little logic. “If this, then… what?” Consider history. Let’s look at major change movements through the centuries and see where they’ve led. Some were good, some were bad. Sometimes it depended on the people who were implementing them. The 1776 revolution turned out for good. The rise of Hitler turned out bad. Really bad.
In politics, let’s find out how the candidates who are advocating change plan to change things. Let’s don’t let them get by with just calling for change. What do they plan to change? How do they plan to change it? We need specifics. We need minute details. We have to consider where those details will lead. If we didn’t pay attention in our history classes, we need to go find a good world history (not a “reconstructed” one!) and see the kinds of changes that have occurred and where they led.
Let’s THINK before we join the multitudes clamoring for change.