Katrina Could Dampen Automation Drive
BREAKING NEWS & ALERTS ... for adjusting profitably to a fast-automating world
Who said this:
"Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness."
Was it -
Any of them might have; James Thurber, the late great humorist, did. It's good advice ... one of the 10 key skills needed for success in an economy that is automating much of what we do with our heads.
Conscious awareness will be gained by technology very slowly if ever. If well-honed, observation makes any human more valuable. The more aware or perceptive we are, the better we can --
As Thurber observed, looking back in anger robs one of present-moment energy; so does looking back in regret or even satisfaction (if overdone). A right-now focus is the key to success and fulfillment.
Living too much in the future also enervates the present -- whether the future focus is one of fear, resignation, or anticipation.
Three key practices help to concentrate the laser force of one's perception:
The basic idea is to take conscious control of your perception and motor abilities. See, hear, feel, and move more aggressively. Be a vital part of "right now."
I've decided to offer my book on off-peopling FREE (in eBook form) from now througn end of April. Anyone can download it at www.eranova.com/ebook-free.htm ... or by clicking a link on the EraNova Institute home page: www.eranova.com.
My objective is to spread the word about off-peopling, and how to manage it, as quickly as possible. So feel free to forward the eBook to others once you download it.
Already the press has started to notice off-peopling. (Automation has been acknowledged for some time, but its human impact has been largely overlooked. Hence the need for a new term, "off-peopling.")
See the timely article in the 3/30/05 Christian Science Monitor: "Only the ethical need apply." Highlighting the off-peopling trend, it suggests that ethical behavior is a key job requirement in the information-age -- something computers can't replace.
Moral: To be irreplaceable if not prosperous, be ethical. This behavior will become more critical as technology and society advance.
Cartoon by Scott Wallace
Confirming an earlier reading of our straw poll, on 3/19, the latest reading suggests that knowledge workers may be falling into a wealth-gap trap: many getting either rich or poor, with fewer doing just okay. This will be explored in a study planned by EraNova Institute (www.eranova.com).
In the straw poll, knowledge workers were asked to rate themselves as currently POOR (not earning enough to pay the bills), MIDDLE (earning enough to get by), or RICH (earning enough to save and splurge).
With 170 people responding, the results as of this writing are --
More than one in four are telling us they're not making enough to live on. This makes me wonder if we're moving toward a rich-poor economy, in knowledge work as well as society as a whole. EraNova's formal study will investigate whether the wealth gap is increasing among the highly educated in the U.S., as it has been among the general population. If it is, then changes of many types will be indicated -- in social policy, education, business management, and career pursuit by individuals.
27.1%: POOR 47.6%: MIDDLE 25.3%: RICH
CLICK HERE to take the poll and see the results.
A Northern California woman recently wrote us about the plight of "working poor" in her area. I have divided her comments by topic:
WHAT IS YOUR SITUATION?
I just finished balancing our family budget and it's sad to say that we are barely making it. We are $5.00 short, if we were to really tighten the belt. God forbid one of the cars goes out; well, we will have to ask the family for a loan.ARE THERE LUXURIES YOU COULD DO WITHOUT?
We don't live extravagant lives. Our budget does not allow for such things as entertainment nor clothing. Just the basics (mortgage, car payment, utilities, etc.). We want to buy clothing? It's off to the Goodwill.IF YOU HAD MORE EDUCATION, WOULD THAT HELP?
By what I have writen you may say that my husband and I are holding down jobs at McDonalds or Wal-Mart, but no. We are white-collar workers. My husband is in sales and I work for a university. We both have degrees. Our combined incomes come to less than $50,000. We live in Sacramento, California, and own our home. Our budget does not allow for things like vacations, new glasses, sports for our 10-year-old son, etc. We live modestly in a 1000 square-foot "cottage." We have a new Honda Civic (we know nothing of cars, so we went new and are good about maintaining it so that it lasts us) and a 20-year-old Volvo (still going strong due to good care). We pray that the Volvo does not give out or we will be SOL. Thankfully our only debt is a mattress, student loans, old tax debt, a car payment and a mattress (replacing an 18-year-old mattress that was killing our backs!)WHAT'S YOUR THINKING ABOUT THE PLIGHT OF OTHERS?
How does the average American family with multiple children do it? Does everyone carry credit card debt to make ends meet? Will people go to their graves owing and never seeing their lives without debt? It is a very sad statement for our society. I wish I could stay home and tend to my family, but that would not put food on the table. Businesses are greedy and they are not paying their fair share to the workers! Why was it that when I was growing up with four other siblings my mom could stay home and my dad (working a blue-collar job) could keep us at a modest existance? Why can't this be done now?WHAT DO YOU THINK THE SOLUTION IS?
I've started "simplifying" my life, but there is nothing more to cut out of our lives. Again, we live a modest life and we don't shop for a sport. The middle class is slowly being done away with by the wealthy businesses and slowly shuffled into the masses of the working poor. It's a new group and no one wants to admit it. People have got to open their eyes and say "what the hell is going on!"What's your experience? I invite personal stories about (a) the difficulty of "making it" on what you earn in your area, or (b) how you ARE getting by, and what it takes in dollars in your area. Since this information is personal, please select "anonymous" when submitting your story, after clicking "comments," below.