The Worst Argument for Anything Ever
I haven’t written a post in a while. There are a lot of reasons, one being that I am attempting to allow time to cool off after frustrating situations to collect my thoughts and adequately express myself and my ideas. What I’ve realized though is that by the time I have given myself enough distance from the last frustrating event, I inevitably run into another. So realizing this, I figured it was time to kill a bunch of birds with one post. On this blog, I have shared with people stories from my past, concepts, things I believe in, and the trials and tribulations of trying to build up a company and a community. Today, I am going to take down one of the most significant hurdles to a business’ and a community’s development; the belief and adherence to “THE WAY THINGS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN DONE.”
If my why can be summed up as fighting for change and progress so that cycles can be broken and people, communities can be empowered, then the belief in doing things the way they have always been done, is precisely the opposite of what I believe. And those that hold this perspective, are fundamentally opposed to my beliefs, in short nothing infuriates me more and there is no opinion/person I have less patience for than those who recite this mantra.
In today’s rant, I’m going to dive into two scenarios I’ve encountered. They are not meant to be earth-shattering, and that’s the point. This idea or default setting of “It’s the way we’ve always done it.” is so pervasive it seeps into every aspect of our society and cripples us. In these examples, I hope to show that this attitude not only blocks any chance for growth or improvement but it can also simultaneously hasten your decline. Enjoy! (more…)