“I Have a Dream” is a public speech delivered by American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. during the March on Washington, D.C., for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963. At the time, he called for an end to racism in the United States and for civil and economic rights.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s granddaughter also has a dream. The 9-year-old Yolanda King disclosed her desire at the recent “March for Our Lives” rally. Thousands of protesters (they claim close to a million) filled the streets of Washington, D.C., calling for action on gun control and school safety reform.
“My grandfather had a dream that his four little children will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream that enough is enough, and that this should be a gun-free world. Period.”
As an introduction, why is this important?
Let’s break it down with Darwin.
Darwinism is a theory of biological evolution developed by the English naturalist Charles Darwin (1809–1882) and others, stating that all species of organisms arise and develop through the natural selection of small, inherited variations that increase the individual’s ability to compete, survive, and reproduce.
The theory of evolution by natural selection, first formulated in Darwin’s book “On the Origin of Species” in 1859, is the process by which organisms change over time as a result of changes in heritable physical or behavioral traits.
Like any new concept or theory; it is associated with controversy and generally takes time to evolve.
Think Facebook. People still call the social platform, and those associated with it, “new” and yet it alone has reached over a billion people using the service and has been successful for well over a decade.
Some claim the presence of a “cultural lag” where cultures and societies within the greater being take time to catch up with ideas, not just the process and thought, but the technological advances behind them as well. This ‘lag’ can be due to location or economy or sheer unwillingness.
What social media has allowed, is an ability to gaze or peer into others lives, to see how they react, behave and conduct their own.
There is no better recent scenario than to highlight the process of evolution as the cultural lag from Martin Luther King’s speech in 1963 to now. Martin Luther King’s granddaughter is nine. She has grown up with video, social media, and technologies far beyond what her grandfather even though possible.
In theory we believe we have changed the world. And yet, we most certainly have not in a society (social community) context. We have evolved and we have corrected some ways, however there is a long way to go.
We have most certainly changed the world in a technological context.
We could presume the cultural lag therefore sits with the older generation and its own adoption or adaptation of both modern society thinking from its own youth, and the technologies of today. Or we could look to how our older generations are coping.
Quote; The essence of creativity is to obtain achievable and realistic solutions, rather than standard solutions or solutions that cannot be used or without purpose. The process of achieving a new value requires the fostering of creative attitudes, skills, thinking, and
openness to new possibilities.
Thirdly, the creativity of older people may be confused with wisdom. Older adults can be described as having pragmatic wisdom and transcendent wisdom. Creativity is analogous only to the first form, which is considered as universal for all people. From the perspective of psychosocial development—as indicated by the classical theory of Erik H. Erikson— creativity is a characteristic of middle adulthood (approximate 40 to 64 years of age), while wisdom is a feature of late adulthood (65 years and older).7
Ian Stuart-Hamilton shows that creativity declines with age, which, as observed in studies, is often associated not with the deterioration of physical and intellectual functions, but with shifts in the social environment during the life course.
We look at the aged care workforce crisis (link: agedcare.health.gov.au/reform/aged-care-workforce-strategy-taskforce-membership) , we look at the economic burden of the aged on our society and the requirement to change current policy to reduce the impact descending on us in coming years (link: http://apo.org.au/node/29086 and agedcare.health.gov.au/aged-care-reform ) and we realise the way things have always been, is no longer viable in this current environment.
Have we really evolved? Or will it simply take time. 30 years time.