An Editorial: For centuries humans have been defined, and have defined themselves…….

JP Bio PhotoDr. John Psarouthakis, Executive Editor of www.BusinessThinker.com

For centuries humans have been defined, and have defined themselves, by their craft, their trade, their profession (their job). When not sleeping or eating, we spend most of our time on the job.  Most of us spend further precious time getting to the workplace.  We have distant relatives or friends of friends about whom we know almost nothing except “what they do” (and ancestors we identify by what they did).  A great-grandfather owned a feed store in Iowa.  A quality-control guy where you work has a friend who is a plumber, whose brother the electrician has a daughter in your daughter’s grade-school class.  Three guys in a tub will never be remembered as Pete, Tom, and John, but will be immortalized as a butcher, a baker and a candlestick maker.  “Who lives in that house across the street?  Joe Smith.  Oh, you mean who is he? He works in the prosecutor’s office.”  Our jobs and careers are, to the outside world, the essence of our single-sentence biographies and, one day, the first paragraph of our obituaries.

Self-worth, productivity, the psychology of being a useful citizen . . . a very powerful battery of attributes is wrapped up in this business of “having a job.”  I leave it to the psychologists and sociologists to describe these things in clinical and historical detail.  But we all have a visceral understanding of both the individual and societal meaning of being defined by what we do.  We all know—from direct observation or literature or drama or, perish the thought, personal experience—what happens to the psyche of someone who believes he or she is (so much irony to this next word, in context here) obsolete.  For someone who is, let’s say, 60 years old and whose once-revered or at least respected craft suddenly and literally is obsolete . . . the psychological impact has to be devastating for all but a tiny minority with superhuman resilience.

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How to manage the effects of technology on our lives

KyriazoglouMr. John Kyriazoglou CICA, B.A (Hon), graduated in computer programming and data processing from a technical college, in Hamilton, Canada, and has a B.A. (Honours) from the University of Toronto, Canada, also earning A Scholastic award for Academic Excellence in Computer Science. He worked for over 35 years in Canada, England, Greece, Switzerland and other countries, holding various IT management and staff positions in various large private and public organizations. He is currently semi-retied. He has authored several books. For additional information on his background please go to the end of this article.

The first two decades of the 21st century has brought upon all of us an array of very perplexed issues and problems which are, by their own nature, very difficult to manage and resolve to any level of satisfaction:

1. Continuing world financial crises;

2. New technical and scientific developments;

3. Starvation of over 1 billion people across several continents;

4. Increased religious, ideological and technology-based terrorism;

5. New corporate insider and cyber threats;

6. Organized crime operations across many countries;

7. Parallel and informal economies with very few government controls;

8. Ecological disasters along with deforestation and pollution;

9. Increasing regional wars and upheavals;

10. New corporate governance, compliance, accountability and reporting regimes, etc.

As Richard Chandler has said (see page 3, Chandler, Richard (2012): ‘Galileo Report-The World in 2010’, www.richardchandler.com) ‘Societies are not static. They change over time. The most obvious changes result from economic and social processes that are constantly in flux’. All these impact our life-style and mode of operation.

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An Editorial: If Our Educational System Refocuses………

JP-pic 2Dr. John Psarouthakis, Executive Editor of www.BusinessThinker.com

If our educational system refocuses and enters a robust training and research partnership with America’s value-added manufacturers, our technology will remain the envy of the world. Then, if our politicians don’t stifle the private sector’s crucial task of creating new wealth, we will be able to compete in the 21st Century global marketplace. That scenario would not score a runaway, lopsided “victory,” but we would remain the most prosperous large, diverse population.

We already are the world’s leading manufacturer, foremost producer of “STEM” Ph.D.’s, and hotbed of technology research. One would think continued success to be a done deal with all those assets, but it’s not. Those aforementioned matters of a limp national will, and government’s tendency to serve government by growing government, are foremost reasons to fear failure.

In this brief article, though, let’s assume America executes a successful landing not on the moon but in the new technology-driven global economy. Even then we will encounter—already are encountering—an enormous piece of bad news that our society seems not yet willing to discuss. We must discuss that bad news now, or our economic victory will be chaotic, bittersweet, and perhaps even pyrrhic.

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