Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 02/08/2021
I’m signing up for the Covid vaccine as instructed. Walgreens told me online that my existence could not be verified. WELL!! I feel an existential crisis coming on. I feel like a character in Camus’s L’Étrnager. Where is Sartre when you need him?!
If you look back (I know it’s distasteful) a year, and consider the shock of the pandemic, the fits and starts of reactions, the whining politicians, the scientific waffling, the vaccine creation, the jockying for vaccine priorities—it’s just not something I’m impressed with or proud of. I have to wonder, what if something really startling occurred, such as contact with alien life forms, or a clearly divine intervention in our lives, or the ability to turn carbon dioxide into power? Would we become a common humanity, or continue as power-hungry tribes?
You don’t have to be a semiotician to understand that what we consider “disruption” and “volatility” (ought to be a law firm) isn’t all that shocking. Is Uber or Amazon or FedEx or tele-health really shocking? Hell, the science fiction writers of my youth thought we’d all have our own personal airborne craft by now, diseases would be extinct, and we’d attend meetings holographically. They’d be bored to tears by Zoom.
The only thing we really handle extremely well is……the routine. Shake up the routine and we protect ourselves with excuses and verbal gymnastics, like “turmoil,” and “discontinuity,” and “revolutionary.” The idea of electric cars and their prototypes arose well over a hundred years ago. The first screen images of another person communicating was almost 100 years ago. No one got all that excited. We excite much more easily today.
Let’s stop kidding ourselves and understand that our snapshot of today is pretty worthless except as a memory piece, like the family gathered years ago at the holidays. Let’s stop worrying that anything out of the routine is a threat and let’s accept the new opportunity of every new day.
CVS acknowledges that I exist. Who needs Walgreens? (You are able to read this, right?)
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.