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4/24/2012 10:06:00 PM
Letter: Adapting to change essential for survival

EDITOR: Quite a number of politicians as well as Courier respondents appear to have some difficulty in dealing with change. Change is not always progress or otherwise good, and it definitely is not always welcome. Yet it is here and it is real. Like it or not, our world is changing into a complex, urban multicultural society required to face global warming and other severe consequences of rampant over-population. This change is rapid and ongoing and must be coped with.

Some common reactions to the often unsettling challenges of change are to dig one's heels in and refuse to acknowledge reality, or to bury one's head in the sand and hope that by ignoring reality it will go away, or to stare resolutely backward in the expectation that the putatively halcyon days of yore will somehow magically reappear. Unfortunately, in the long run, none of these coping methodologies ever succeeds.

In business, we are urged to "manage" change. This means to recognize and accept change and then to adapt so as to survive and eventually prosper in the newly changed circumstances.

So, instead of futilely reacting against change, it would seem preferable to adapt to change and try to manage it in order to achieve success.

Dan Fearn


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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Article comment by: Zig E.

Hokas - My point was to respond to your statement - " that government should change it's behavior, not the individual." Slavery was my example of individuals run amuck. Did the wealthy make money off slavery ? Yes ! But that institution was taken away. Now maybe its time to reexamine unbridled capitalism. After all, every institution can only last so long before its weakness bring it down.

Posted: Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Article comment by: Attentive Listener

Are you choosing to ignore my point, or do you just not get it?

It's that you have an image in your mind of what progressives are up to, and it informs what you see and hear, rather than vice versa. There is nothing in those quotes asking for an authority until you decide that there is. You could do the same thing with "We hold these truths..." if you were so inclined.

My own beliefs: How about "racism is evil"? It's down there. Another belief I hold dear is that claiming something on the basis of no evidence, as you did below, can be fairly regarded as talking from one's behind.

Posted: Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Article comment by: open book

Hokas, You missed my point that a society could choose to be compassionate. It does not need to be a church. Our society has chosen to worship money.

Posted: Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Article comment by: Hokas Pokas

@ Attentive Listener:

Sorry, that is the only dicipherable example I can find. Why don't YOU take some responsibility for your own beliefs, something that most liberals are loath to do, and enlighten us all.

@ Zig E.:

Yes, slavery is now illegal, a good thing. One government went to war against another government. Did it eliminate racial descrimination? What's your point?

@ open book:

You prove my point exactly. Your CHURCH teaches the importance of these qualities, not government. Your attendance at a particular church is, correct me if I'm wrong, voluntary. I never, ever said there is anything wrong with these things. I am in complete agreement with you, in that the WORLD is lacking in many good behaviors. However, my problem is having a government enforce the things that were named. There is a HUGE difference.

I corrected Jeanette C in a follow up post. I will repeat it here. Her claim is that CEO's of the top companies make $10M odd per year. Her claim, a glaring inaccuracy perpetrated by the followers of left wing propaganda, is like saying that the average height of ALL trees is 120 feet. And this is arrived at by counting only those trees that are over 100 feet tall. I hope you recognize the absurdity of this. There are thousands of companies in the U.S., all run by a CEO. The median average income (half are below this and half are above) of all CEOs is about $726K per year. Still a lot of money but that is reality. The $10M per year figure is only awarded to a very, very few CEOs of the very largest of companies. Do you have any idea what it takes to run a company with tens of thousands of employees? That manufactures and sells a product or products all over the world? That is responsible for satisfying the demands of shareholders, board members and governments? I doubt very much if you do. I know I don't. Evidently both you and Jeanette C think you do.

Just so you know, the average annual income of the American worker is a little over $40K per year. I have worked for a small corporation, a medium corporation and a large corporation. Except for the latter, I started at the bottom rung. If they were paying me at a poverty level than it was up to ME to do better. They ALL, without a fault, allowed (and encouraged) me to grow, learn, expand my knowledge and improve my position. I did this because I had an incentive and the willingness to work hard and learn. A job and your income is not an entitlement. It is that simple.

Posted: Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Article comment by: Ebeneezer Schrooge

@Really - many of the items you note are subjective. Subjective to our belief of what God expects of us. The question is can you stand before your God and say I did all I could do to help my fellow man, Offered a hand to those who needed it (not necessarily wanted it). Or for the more currently minded the question is Did I do what the lord would do? was I truly Christ like? Simple questions but ones that are ignored by the hard core conservatives and the so called Christians who practice hate not love and compassion. It truly is just that simple.

Posted: Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Article comment by: open book

Hokas, The church I attend promotes "compassion," and "equity." It also promotes "respect" and (gasp) "human rights. What does your church promote? These qualities may be gained as part of a society, or social contract, in how we agree to treat one another. Lately, our social contract is broken as the "I got mine and you cannot have any" attitude is becoming more and more prevalent.

Jeanette C pointed out in a post on another thread that many Americans make less in one year than many CEOs make in one day. And the gap is widening. It does not matter if one agrees with this model or not, it is not sustainable.

A CEO "makes" this money by the toil of others. It would be right and honest to pay the workers a living (not poverty) wage and provide adequate benefits. That would be a sustainable model.

I am still curious what you think Prescott would look like if all social assistance programs were halted.

Posted: Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Article comment by: Zig E.

As to government being the one to change, as opposed to the "people", how does slavery figure into that reasoning ? Seems that sometimes government has to take a stand when the people are unable, or unwilling, to leave the status quo. The idea was that the best and brightest among us would govern - not the dim and dumb. It's called Progress.

Posted: Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Article comment by: Jill Dosh

Hey Dan....I bet the German people wish they hadn't embraced the change of the 1930's. Stand for something or fall for anything. If you have nothing in your life worth fighting for....well, I do and will. God bless the USA AGAIN!

Posted: Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Article comment by: Attentive Listener

It's odd that after two previous instances, "talking out of one's behind" is suddenly unfit for print. Anyway, by taking one instance of one slogan in one place and equating it to "the progressive agenda", you are indeed doing what I accused you of doing. Again, please forward me a copy of the progressive agenda at your earliest convenience. Somehow I was left off the list, even being a fairly progressive guy.

To your concerns over compassion, equity and inclusiveness: Again, you are reading sinister motives into the words where there are none, because of your own impressions and assumptions about progressives. You could take exactly the same tack with your preferred quote, questioning how we can possibly be created "equal", and what happens if you don't happen to believe in the "creator", and whether it will be illegal for you to deny these "truths", and so on ad nauseam. Since no one has proposed anything forcing you to accept these values or excluding you from the process of discussing what they really mean, the sinister implications are coming from you, not the quotes.

Posted: Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Article comment by: Hokas Pokas

@ open book and Attentive Listener:

With all due respect, I think I am interpreting these things from a much broader perspective. Compassion, equity and inclusiveness are all wonderful traits. I would be honored to have these items associated with my name. However, how does one promote "compassion". Who decides what is compassionate and what is not. How much compassion is enough and when is it lacking. How does one promote "equity". Equity in what way? Social? Financial? Physical beauty? Intellectual ability? Isn't every human being unique? How then, are we equal? The same can be said for "inclusiveness". Inclusive of what? Do we have to be included? If we have to be included then, by definition, we are not free. And what are we included in? I don't want to be included in the "Occupy" movement, will that make me a criminal?

All of those things require someone to change their behavior in some way. Would this make the world a better place? Why certainly! If everyone agreed on everything and everyone belonged to the same group and all talents and abilities were rewarded in the same way, then large groups of people would be handled very easily. Kind of like a flock of sheep.

To "restore freedom" implies that freedom is lacking in some way. I can't help but wonder how is freedom lacking?

I think the authors of The Declaration of Independence already kicked around these ideas, recognized the hazards and decided some two hundred odd years ago that it is government that should change "its" behavior, not the individual. The rights that were included in this document DO NOT depend on compassion, equity or inclusiveness from any person or government. They realized that these rights are innate to every human being.

You mean 50% of the country agrees with my views? WOW! Where did you get those numbers?

Posted: Monday, April 30, 2012
Article comment by: Attentive Listener

Hokas Pokas- Yes, ... It's as simple as taking one sign, which you saw at one rally in one town, as representative of the roughly 50% of the country who disagree with most of your views.

As to your quotes, they don't read like a contrast at all to me. I think you are interpreting the occupy quotes through the lens of what you think their "real" agenda is. Where is the call for authority? The only thing that's even close is "restore governance and self-determination to the people". If you are taking this is anything other than a call for freedom to be restored to the people, it's coming from you, not the quote.

Posted: Sunday, April 29, 2012
Article comment by: open book

Hokas, I think that ""compassionate, equitable and inclusive" restrictions on our behavior" would include things like moving beyond racism and corruption. I believe that our Constitution supports those ideals. The difference might be that I believe "compasskionat, equitable and inclusive" behavior promotes individual freedoms and opportunities, while you see them as restrictive.

Posted: Sunday, April 29, 2012
Article comment by: Hokas Pokas

@ open book:

Thanks for reading. Your reasoning suggests why we have the word "opinion" and the guarantees provided for in the documents that form the basis of life in our country. I will grant you that the guarantees of "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness" are not always pretty.

On the other hand, in my opinion, I shudder to think what life would be like under these so called "compassionate, equitable and inclusive" restrictions on our behavior.


Posted: Saturday, April 28, 2012
Article comment by: open book

PS Hokas: I see everything in the 3 quotes that speak to the "We hold these truths to be self evident ..."

Posted: Saturday, April 28, 2012
Article comment by: open book

Hokas, I read your 3 quotes, and I like them. Thank you. However, I think one has to work pretty hard to read as much subversity into them as you indicate in your post.

Posted: Friday, April 27, 2012
Article comment by: Hokas Pokas

@ Attentive Listener:

This is from a comment to an article "Photo: A taxing time of year for the 99 percent" that appeared in the Courier on 4/17/12 under the byline "Occupy Prescott":

"Occupy Prescott, in solidarity with the worldwide Occupy Movement, in harmony with all people who share our dream of a more compassionate, equitable, and inclusive society, employs only non-violent methods to:
*expose, uproot, and prevent systemic government and corporate collusion and corruption which perpetuates the disproportionate influence of a privileged minority,
*restore governance and self-determination to the people, and
*cultivate an environment of diversity, opportunity, and universal well-being."

The writer expresses some very nice, sweet, and kind sentiments, all with the best of intentions, I am sure. But, all of these items beg for some form of authority to impose rules. More specifically, for one thing, all of these folks seem to feel that some people make too much money, that it is not fair, and that they should share the wealth in some way.

I see nothing in the above quote with regards to: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

In contrast, this latter quote, which I am sure you are familiar with (I can provide a reference if necessary) seems to advocate, indeed, presumes, a limitation on rules, for all individuals.

Now, if I were, "talking out of our behinds," I am sure you would know it.

Posted: Friday, April 27, 2012
Article comment by: open book

Dear Lyle, I should have used the word "possible" rather than "easy." True, life is not easy, even if everything goes as planned.

You write to me, "Bottom line is you have failed due to your own bad decisions, lack of enthusiasm, or perhaps just bad luck." Why do you think I have failed when you do not know me at all? I could be the millionaire donor sitting next to you at the community dinner for all you know. I could be your doctor, or your nurse, or your cashier at the grocery store. I could be the person that gets out of my car and helps you after you have fallen on the sidewalk. I could be black, white, or brown. I might even go to your church!

Perhaps you have the same "Lefty Handbook" as Hokas. I would also like a copy.

Attentive: would love coffee sometime :)

Posted: Friday, April 27, 2012
Article comment by: Response to Open Book on things being 'easy'

Never said it was easy. Never said you and the 99% could do it, either.

All I said was work harder, do better, get smarter. Bottom line is you have failed due to your own bad decisions, lack of enthusiasm, or perhaps just bad luck. It makes no difference.

What does make a difference is your demands for 'fairness' as self-defined as your wanting others to fix your life and pay your bills. Not going to happen.

One of my favorite heroes in history is Joan of Arc. All Joan had was a voice in her head that told her to "Save France" and that is what she did.

As a young girl with no money no education no government grant no laptop no latte no affirmative action no e-Mail. Yet, with drive and perseverance she prevailed, gave her life, and saved France.

The only thing successful and independent people like me are telling you supposed 99% types to do is support your kids, stand by your spouse, seek God's guidance, pay your bills, don't get addicted, avoid crime & criminals, be responsible, and run your own independent life.

Stop demanding others provide you a living...we do not.

How hard is that to understand.?

Posted: Friday, April 27, 2012
Article comment by: Attentive Listener

Hokas Pokas, can you send me a copy of the progressive agenda? I seem to have been left out of that mailing list, and am interested in specific examples of the cries for more government intervention that you are talking about. Not talking out of our behinds, are we?

Posted: Friday, April 27, 2012
Article comment by: Attentive Listener

@Open Book, Coffee sometime?

The nationalist, anti-diversity, anti-immigrant rhetoric displayed in Lyle's post is simply racism. It masquerades as being about illegal immigration, or being about culture or the constitution or some high-flown ideal, but it is about plain old race. And racism is evil.

Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Article comment by: Hokas Pokas

When I look at the "progressive" agenda I see cries for more government intervention to promote fairness, health, economic security, education, and so on. They claim climate change is based on science, yet deny the very foundation of science, that is. experimentation and discovery, to debate it. The role of the majority, the 99%, is sacrosanct. All of this is for the good of the citizens. To "help" us. It's for "our" future. All of these items create a society that is less free, less self-reliant, more dependent and mindlessly conforming.

Some would argue then, that change, or adaptation, towards dependence and conformity is the "intelligent" path.

Go ahead, follow that path. Look where it has taken this country. If you have any rational sense left, you will see that it leads to a dead end.

Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Article comment by: Fruita Bomba

The only change that is permanent is the end of life, and a sex change isn't really a change of sex....

Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Article comment by: open book

"Want to end poverty? Become prosperous. Want fairness? Be fair. Want a better life? Work harder."

Ah, if it were only that easy. How would one work harder when they already have three jobs and can barely put food on the table for their family? How would one become prosperous when they have to declare bankruptcy for medical bills?

Life would be easy for every one of us if we could plan our future and carry out the plan as desired, but some people are unfortunate and some have limitations beyond their control.

I am dismayed that there are many in our society who have more than plenty and still choose to turn a blind eye to these people.

I believe that it is not the unfortunate who will destroy us, it is pure and utter selfishness.

PS - for you Christians, please ask yourself, "What would Jesus do?"

Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Article comment by: Response to Really...react, adapt, or die.

Really, really?

Get out of the way or react, adapt, or die. That's your philosophy, and conservatives should learn it? Really?

What you Obamanauts, and Occupy types, are really saying with all this talk of hope, change, 'historic moment', and transformation is that you don't like your failed life (the one you personally screwed up) and want to have the cards dealt again in the name of "progress" so you can come out ahead in the name of "fairness".

Terrorists say the same thing. Every despotic tyrant from Pharoh, to Caesar, to Stalin, to Hitler, to Pol Pot, ... exploit the failed fools who follow them with the exact same rhetoric.

It's all a crock!

Want to end poverty? Become prosperous. Want fairness? Be fair. Want a better life? Work harder.

These are simple rules to understand, give it a try, yet so difficult for liberals to follow. I guess it is easier to demand the fruit of other's labor by redistribution (theft) via government fiat and taxation imposed on people better than yourself.

I get it.

Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Article comment by: Change is Constant

The only constant is change.

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