As a true Trekkie, I never thought I would be in agreement with the arch enemy of the Federation -- The Borg!. But in the case of the current political and cultural atmosphere present in the United States, I would say the classic Borg greeting is quite appropriate. Resistance is futile. Here are five reasons why I see this is true.
1. Resistance has no value outside of its relationship to the advancing agenda. It has no agency except in connection to something it is reacting to. In other words, resistance becomes the addendum to the advancing party's agenda.
2. Resistance is usually not based in power but in fear of what the advancing agenda may do to it. The only reason resistance is born is because something else (the advancing agenda) was created. The fear of what that advancing agenda would do galvanizes hundreds of thousands if not millions. .
3. Resistance is not visionary and doesn't really have a plan forward following it's hopeful pushback against the advancing agenda. This lack of visionary leadership only means another competing agenda to the resistance will most likely emerge on the tail end of the pushback.
4. Resistance is tacit approval of the status quo. Since it is not visionary enough to create an agenda of it's own, it only seeks to bring things back to the way they were prior to the rise of the advancing agenda, thus, the circumstances that gave rise to the advancing agenda return.
5. Resistance is also the sign of a lack of imagination. Had it created another more compelling agenda of it's own, the resistance would not find itself in a position of reaction against an advancing agenda. Advancing agendas emerge and gain prominence usually when there is a leadership vacuum.
A perfect case in point is the story of the Luddites out of England. The Luddites were a group of English textile workers and weavers in the 19th century who destroyed weaving machinery as a form of protest against the advancing industrial revolution. Luddites feared that the time spent learning the skills of their craft would go to waste as machines would replace their role in the industry. There are now people who seek to push back against the current Fourth Industrial Revolution/World Shift and the robots as a way to preserve our current way of life. Thus, the resistance.
As a Futurist, I tend to subscribe to the school of thought by philosopher, inventor and designer Buckminster Fuller:
"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."
As I look back on some of the greatest transformations around the world, the vast majority of them were fueled by innovative ideas and visionary thought. Raging against the machine via resistance is romantic, but creating something more compelling, powerful and innovative is what actually gets the job done.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution/World Shift that will change every aspect of our lives has provided profound technology and global connection the likes of which we've never seen before. This unique time in history is asking for more than resistance. It's asking for courageous leadership. Resistance is futile, but leadership is transformative.
Me and my consulting colleagues at LEAD Global specialize in this kind of leadership through the lens of the Fourth Industrial Revolution/World Shift. If you'd like to kick our tires and see how we can help you in your venture and your personal life, come to this event:
Saturday, February 25th, 2017 : Thriving and Succeeding In A Time Of Change.
An afternoon workshop will take place Saturday, February 25th from 1-4 at 2055 South Oneida St. Denver, Co, 80224. Parking is free. Click here to find out more...https://yogaofthemind.com/thriving-succeeding-time-change/
I look forward to seeing you. Let me know you'll be coming by writing me at email@example.com
In the meantime, check out this trend information....
We cannot out learn the robots, but we can rethink human capital....https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/ai-rewriting-john-keynes-equation-employment-denis-sproten?trk=eml-em...
Even the sustainability movement has to be rethought in relation to the Fourth Industrial Revolution/World Shift....https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/sustainability-movement-fail-future
I don't agree with all of these approaches, but it is good for us to have this conversation. The economic divide is the greatest danger of this new world emerging that could cause social disruption beyond anything we've ever seen before.. This is the time for us to now rally our communities to become big, bold and innovative.....https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/01/4-ways-to-close-the-inequality-gap-in-the-fourth-industrial-r...
Chet W. Sisk is an author and one of the world's leading Social Futurists. He is also expert on the current world paradigm shift. Find out more about him and the LEAD Global Team at www.leadtheshift.com or you can write him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org