There was a time a man named Sophocles sat amidst a group of brilliant men and solemnly declared; ‘success is dependent on effort.‘ More than 2,000 years later, the nation founded by brilliant men has slipped up, just a little bit and regressed back to the days of being a “developing nation” as opposed to a developed nation.
Then there was a nation famous for the saying; “I came, I saw, I conquered,” which currently is running gargantuan deficits not aided by a weak and spluttering economy. The greatest issue perhaps is the fact that the nation of men who once strode majestically onto the battle field and emerged victorious more often than not. The very same nation gave the world inventions and innovations that today, with all the technology at our disposal, man cannot surpass, merely better.
Move swiftly on and you have a nation which gave us two brutal world wars, mass genocide of innocents and greatly contributed to the great depression. But each time, they were broken and burned for their crimes, they emerged from the ashes to become one of the most inspiring nations in many industries; unified, creative, belligerent and continuously progressing.
So you’ve got to ask yourself; where did the great nations of the past trip over themselves? The answer I present to you comes in the form of a question asked by Camile Paglia;
Are we like late Rome, infatuated with past glories, ruled by a complacent, greedy elite, and hopelessly powerless to respond to changing conditions.
The same scenario can be applied to the replacement of the term “Kodak moment” with the increasingly utilised “Insta-moment.” The world is an ever changing teeming mass of activity and those who do not weather the storm of speculation and oppression, those who do not create their own tidal waves, those who do not progress will not only be left behind, but they will be obliterated and confined to Wikipedia pages visited by children studying “A history of our world.”
Saint Augustine claimed “The very perfection of a man is to find out his own imperfections.” It’s time to accept that we’ve screwed up on both a micro and macro level. It’s time to go back to the drawing board and make a real plan. Enough with these temporary first aid kits, we need to go to the operation theatre, identify the root cause of the problem and eradicate it. The nation of automotive brilliance has shown us it’s about a long term cure not a short term alleviation.
Tomorrow… starts today.