Why people fear change

Fear of the future causes people to cling onto the present.

On one hand, you have people who see the world good as it is.

And on the other, you see people wanting it to radically change.

We have seen social and political movement’s move as technology. You have your innovators (radicals), early adopters, early majority (masses), late majority, and laggards (fundamentalists).

The fundamentalist is stuck in a previous time period. He is nostalgic. He is comfortable with his surroundings and wishes the world to stay the same.

The problem is that the world, and people, and cultures are constantly changing. They are trying to progress forward. There are people who are frustrated and living on less than $3 a day, and are denied access to healthcare, education, opportunity, sanitation, etc.

The answer then is figuring out how to give more opportunity for those who do not have it, better distributing ever abundant resources, and solving real complex social, political, health, environmental issues.

There is no one idea, no one solution that everyone can embrace. If it is for everyone, it is for no one. Even building a park for an inner city community has resistance. Who is going to fund it? Or build it? Or maintain it? Who is liable if someone gets hurt?

“What if” scenarios slow progress. Your job is not to make everything and everyone okay and happy. Your job is to make change happen, not to win popularity contests. Too many political leaders have forgotten this principle. And too many fight for things to stay the same.