by Gray Graham
Over the past couple of years I have watched in vivid living color one of the first lessons I learned about human beings, they hate change. It doesn't matter their religion, age, intelligence, economic status, gender, or any of the myriad of things we assign this phenomena, humans hate change.
In America since the election of President Barack Obama, we have observed how a certain segment of the population can not handle that a Black man whose father was not an American citizen, can be president. You also see this in Sarah Palin who was such a different type of Conservative that many liberal groups did not know how to react to her, after all she was the ideal feminist, yet she was opposed to many of their views on many issues.
Recently we have seen JC Penny, Apple, Tumblr, Windows 8 and Google+ loose a lot of their shine. Not because they have done anything bad, just that they have had a major change and people have not been able to adjust to those changes. Actually in most cases people did not even try to adjust to the new change, they just disliked it from the beginning.
Probably one of the biggest changes in America these days has to do with changing concepts that are older than the country itself, gay marriage and teen sex. I am sure this will be written about for ages to come. Recently I saw a story making its way around the interwebs about a 18 year old woman being charged with statutory rape of another girl who was 14 years old at the time. The narrative is that it is because they are lesbians. Now anyone that knows anything about such laws knows that this same thing happens to boys all the time and has been happening to them for years. Since in our society we are now moving towards equality for all this is a byproduct of that and things like this will continue.
As much as I have stated that humans do not like change, it can be said that some humans like causing change maybe more than they hate change. I am always amazed by the number of people I meet that wish to completely (and I do mean completely) change our society and the world. And I don't mean in a Star Trek utopia good for humanity type of way, I mean in a complete remake and rewrite of reality kind of way.
The thing that is always striking is that they never once think or care what this would do to their fellow human beings and they themselves would lose their mind if similar changes were directed at them.
The real phenomena is that every once in a while someone will come along with a change that everyone loves and it completely changes the world. I think that the iPod and the iPhone are good examples of this. Gay marriage and Obamacare probably are examples that half the people like and half the people hate. Google Glass will probably end up in the scare enough people category. Windows 8 will probably just wear people down as soon as it changes to Windows 8.1.
Teen girls having sex and their fathers being ok with it, that is a change that is never going to come. At least I pray to God that we never accept it.