Change is in the air, everywhere, including the air

Looks like summer is over, of course, if you can call the past three months that.

It has been quite an unusual season: lots of precipitation in various parts of the world, with some damaging effect, as in Pakistan, as opposed to severe drought in other areas, new records for both high and low temperatures around the world: plus more than 40 C in Moscow, Russia, and just last Sunday, in Sundre, AB, minus 2.2 C, the coldest ever recorded for this time of year.

Times are certainly changing and the change is not limited to weather.

As one looks around, it is not so difficult to pick up the signs of change in every aspect of our lives.

Just to name a few:

*The economic system we live in is subtly but fundamentally being transformed with monetarist practices slowly being revamped to allow the supply-side economy to start to shape how we think and behave;

*Our attitudes are undergoing a sea change, at a global scale. What people tolerate or refuse to accept are being revised, generally in more restrictive fashion than otherwise;

* The way we approach how we consume the resources is also undergoing a radical shift with more and more people thinking what kind of an earth their offsprings will inherit.

As one can clearly see, not all the change is in the same direction, some progressive, some regressive.

That change is omnipresent is known since the time of the Greek philosopher Heraclitus (died B.C, 475) who said “You can not step into the same river twice.”

He was, of course, referring to the constant flow of water transforming the nature by tiny bits every second.

The question one should be asking is how much one is contributing to or resisting change.

At a time when world population keeps rapidly increasing, this question may sound silly: How can one lay man among six billion resist or accelerate change?

“No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come” said Victor Hugo.

The strength of Man is in his ability to think and to generate ideas.

As long as we can think, we have the potential to contribute to the effort to make the world a better place.

If enough people put their heads together to realize that goal, then hopefully Mother Nature will also reciprocate and we could then have our beautiful springs and summers again.

— Mustafa Eric

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