Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

Normal Is Changing Faster Than Ever

Over a 100 years ago, women couldn’t vote, horses and carts were the go-to mode of transportation, and heroin was an over-the-counter medicine. As little as 50 years ago, exercise was only for fanatics, it was okay to be openly racist, and more than 20 American states labeled sodomy a crime.

What’s normal is always changing. And because technology shapes culture, normal is changing faster than ever.

The question is: in which direction?

That’s up to you.

With a keyboard and wifi, you have the power to change the world. Technically. At the very least, you have the power to change your mind.

As scientists and engineers throw new gadgets and apps into our laps, we have to decide what to do with it.

Consider selfdriving cars.

Should we let robots be our chauffeurs? If robots drive better than us, absolutely. But before we roll them out the factories, we need to test if that’s true. And letting a selfdriving car loose in the world is dangerous.

So do we still want to test self-driving cars if it means people will die? Keep in mind, robots are theoretically far better drivers than humans. 

What do you think?

One of the best personal practices, right up there with exercise and meditation, is to develop a studied opinion about things that matter. To you.

Don’t care about selfdriving cars? What about global warming, physics, cognitive blindspots, the stock exchange, standardised testing in education, journalism, respect, the importance of voting, coding, the workplace, human relationships, the history of the Inca Empire… the list goes on.

Challenge yourself to dig deep and have an informed opinion. And share it with the world. 

Even if you aren’t an expert, you can at least do us the favor of showing us a fresh perspective, showing us something neglected, or making us laugh.

That way you’re not only enriching the lives of others, but also your own. Because when you’re noticing and learning things, your life gets better.

So whether you do it under your own name or under a pseudonym, create content you can stand behind.

Write a blog.

And shape the new normal.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach