Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Apprentice

No, not the TV show with wild-haired Trump.

Although, maybe it is about him too.

When was the last time the world had a truly impactful person? Someone so committed to their cause they caused a speed bump in history?

Nelson Mandela? Born 1918
Gandhi? Born 1869
Mother Theresa? Born 1910
Nikola Tesla? Born 1856
Martin Luther King Jr? Born 1929

What am I missing? Two whole generations of people have existed without a notable historical figure? What was it about the turn of the century generation that yielded phenomenal world-changers?

Have we lost touch with the essence of what we're capable of, or have we just done it all?

I wonder if it's because we're now a generation of DIYers. We've become individuals to the point we don't even have to socially interact anymore. We can accomplish every daily task via text, email, or facebook.

I'm making a massive left turn here, so I hope you're seatbelted in...but would we have to learn social skills on the other side of a disaster? This subject keeps coming up for me, and I can help but pay attention every time i get poked in the eye with it. For the first time ever, we can communicate with anyone in the world on an instantaneous level, but is it making us less connected because we're communicating without the niceties of formal letters, face-to-face, or with a few minutes to cool off between interactions?

Apprenticing used to be the way to learn anything. Shadowing a mentor, learning their craft, picking up on the nuances that made them great. Now we're all re-inventing the wheel - no matter the challenge - and instead of collaborating and sharing efforts, we're hoarding information in a race to the finish. What if we all worked together as one giant apprenticeship?

We certainly hold the technology. 

What will happen when our technology is gone? 


  1. Stopping by to follow you from the Welcome Wednesday blog hop. I’ve really gotten into hops recently and am excited to check out some of your older posts. I’m now following you, I hope you’ll follow me back at

  2. Thanks for the follow. I am now following you as well.

    Have a great day! :)

  3. Quite an interesting post! You definitely gave me something to think about...I mean, I'm sure there have been influential people throughout the last century, but I do wonder if they have had the same kind of impact as the people you listed. Hmmmm....

    I found you through Twittermoms, BTW--I'm now following you on GFC. I didn't see your Twitter or if you had a Facebook...

    :) Michelle

  4. This is a great point and I wholeheartedly agree. If someone wants to learn something now, we go to the internet or books, we no longer go to people for the information. As a result, we are losing the art to things. For example, carpentry can be approached as an art, yet most people only learn enough to complete a project. The real skills, the subtle skills are lost.


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