The paradox of the new

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I have been visiting the States six years ago with my family. One of our visits was ‘the grand canyon’.

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What struck me most is the time it took me to understand what I saw. I still remember that I looked down, and was a little bit disappointed. It was beatiful alright. But I wasn’t immediately impressed. The reason for that I understood later. I didn’t have yet a reference for the magnitude and the scale. It took me one and a half day to devop that, looking from sereral points (such as Hopi point). Slowly, I started to really see what I saw, to get an idea of the scale. Then I was impressed greatly.

You could call this the paradox of the new. There is a strong wish for innovation, but we fail hard to see changes that are happening right in front of us, for we haven’t yet developped a reference. Maybe this is the reason for the age-old tradition to see society sliding down. From the very first writings of the ancient greek, writers notice a downward moving: the new generations do not do whatever they used to do in the early days, they don’t behave, don’t learn as we think they should. Either we are on a vary long downward slope since early meanhood, or the paradox of the new is at work: we often see change in the form of a detoriation.

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