A Lesson from the Past (#2)

As much as young whipper snappers like to think they are smarter, faster, better prepared, have it all figured out, etc, etc etc, history really does repeat itself.  The older you get, the less you feel like a young whipper snapper and that’s probably for the best.  Every time I think I have something unique figured out, I stumble across wisdom like this:

“…Others are less kind.  They say America’s economy is falling apart.  Big labor has lost its ability to protect the rank and file.  Japan and Korea are changing the way we think and work, and the British-style Fleet Street hype has taken over TV and most of the press.  Huge numbers of college students struggle to read and write.  They graduate without having learned to think or decide.  Product quality is an impossible dream in many industries, and the focus on current earnings per share plagues even the most farsighted planners.  All that’s left, it seems, is to work hard and make money.”

If I had left in the original first sentence to this quote, which reads “Some say America is changing from a smokestack to a service economy,” the quote would have shown it’s age.  With a few minor tweaks that quote is apt for life today.  Reread the quote but substitute “China” for “Japan and Korea”, and while I actually had to look up what “British-style Fleet Street” means, my local NPR station does play a variety of BBC type broadcasts throughout the day.

Just as history repeats itself, I’ve got a whipper snapper at home.

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PS.  The above quote is from “Cashing in on the American Dream”, written by Paul Terhorst.  Copyright: 1988

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