Friday, February 16, 2007

Maybe I'm a Revolutionary

So, there are some things that require slow incremental changes in order to secure a social and cultural atmosphere of acceptance to the new ideas. This is the case with political science, academic modifications to curriculum and even the shifts within the church... except a few notable moments of total upheaval and modification. And as a person who wants a change in one of these areas, when is the progress of incremental change too tedious? Say that you have a fantastic idea of how to teach a class about world politics. You want to have geography, current events, comparative politics, history and a bit of anthropological culture studies in there, but right now you only have history and comparative politics. So you have the end in mind and the people that you are working with the make the changes are not allowing big enough changes so that you can even see that there is any difference! So they add a Geography quiz requirement to the politics class, and add a book on ancient art in the history classes, but they aren't giving you the big picture. You can't say that there has been NO change, they are giving you some say and accepting a few of your prods, but when are the mediocre scraps of changes enough?!! Will it be enough, or will you fly off the deep end and create your own damn program with all the things that you want already in it.
When is the minimum to get by not going to get them by any longer?
So maybe I'm a revolutionary because little by little is good and shows progress, but how long do people need to wait before all the little baby blocks make for a good enough foundation to JUMP!
It is my theory that there should be smaller steps in the beginning, but there is a point when all of those steps will create a situation that will make the past incompatible with the baby steps that were just taken. So one can chose to return to their former comfort of the old way, or jump with both feet into something that they have seen as worth been building for themselves.
I'm tired of only getting baby steps. It's time for action, and it's time NOW.

Granted life seems to make itself the most complicated when it is time to jump, and so you just stand there. Like if you were on top of the pole and some silly ropes course... it's time to jump, but you cant just yet. You have a hand full of people back on the ground telling you that you will be fine and that you will make it, and that you need to jump. And sometimes you can't even hear them because as you stand on the brink of something so big, (or at least when I do) all those voices are good to know, but they fade away. I need to know that I'm ready and that I can make it, it's not good enough that they know I can make it... because I need to know.

So you are at the top,

Is it your time yet?

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