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The Slow March Toward a Better World

The steep and rapid trajectory of Radical Change ultimately renders it impotent and doomed to failure. Fear of altering the status quo prevents it from ever achieving broad acceptance in the general population, and the extremists leading the revolution are considered a negative force by the more centrist society. When fear is used to motivate, compliance is generally achieved, but only while the perceived threats are considered current. Even something as innocuous as the adoption of the telephone over the telegram, change was gradual, taking decades to come to fruition. Historical revolutions such as those of Napoleon or in Russia, initially witnessed violent change, but it was momentary and things swept back the other way. These corrections however often come with terrible consequences.

History has taught us that progress must be steady and considered if the changes are to endure. A lot of little amounts amount to a lot. Along with necessary attitudinal adjustments, a series of smaller changes will add up to greater ones over time. The combination of these result in mass reflection of “how far we have come” and to look forward to the changes that are still to be witnessed. 

Change, whether temporary or permanent, without certainty of their necessity may have negative ramifications. Progress is not automatically a positive nor the status quo a negative. Sometimes, taking a pause is an important time to reflect and ensure that the course being steered is the best possible. The greater the reach, the greater the need for certainty, however, even with a considered approach, progress should be slow, to accommodate for any unforeseen bumps in the road. 

As humans, we can never be fully cognisant of the effects of every decision we make. Even with the highest levels of consideration, deliberation, consultation and investigation, time may still judge us in ways we had not anticipated and unintended consequences may leave a lasting legacy. This need for thoughtfulness, however, should be cause to double down on considered actions rather than complete inaction. After all, responsibility should be a heavy crown.

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