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Keen Observations on Life … Whether You Need Them or Not

Great Ideas … or Thoughtful Demise

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Getting mail at work isn’t nearly as exciting as it should be, mainly because somebody else has already opened it by the time it hits my mail slot. But this morning an article with a checklist of names was waiting for me … watching me approach with caution. Turns out, it was an interesting article from Time magazine: 10 Ideas for the next 10 years.

  1. The Next American Century
  2. Remapping the World
  3. Bandwidth Is the New Black Gold
  4. The Dropout Economy
  5. China and the US: The Indispensible Axis
  6. In Defense of Failure
  7. The White Anxiety Crisis
  8. TV Will Save the World
  9. The Twilight of the Elites
  10. The Boring Age

Overall, it was a bit depressing. Each of the ten items on the list gave me pause, and each is certainly worth contemplation. But the last item on the list is the most dismal: “… the truth is that we are living in a period of stagnation.” They’re preaching to the choir with that thought; one of the first things I’ve noticed to suffer long-term consequences of our current recession is the lack of innovation. Research and development in corporations is no longer a focus, and the creative thinking well is drying up … well, certainly the support of creative thinking. I picture a world of artists, problem solvers and creative thinkers looking like over-filled balloons, just waiting to burst open with thoughts. When we pop, what’ll happen?

It’s not a pretty thought.


Author: Dolly R. Sickles

Writer, mother, wife, adventurer, agent of change, advocate, ally, volunteer, instructor ... I'm never bored. I write contemporary romance and romantic suspense under the name Becky Moore, and children’s literature under the name Dolly Dozier. You can also check me out at MacMillan Publishing’s Heroes & Heartbreakers, where I’m a romance blogger. During the fall and spring, you can find me in the classroom teaching other folks how to follow their dreams or how to fund their community outreach at Wake Technical Community College, and Central Carolina Community College. During the summer and at random times during the year, I'm out adventuring with my family.

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