Maturity, as I see it, is simply how gracefully I can accept a reality that doesn’t match my expectations. Children get their hopes up for this or that, and when life goes the other way they crash – lack of maturity(1). This is what we expect from children. But adults? This shows how little difference there is between children and adults – we’re just big children struggling to ‘look adult’.
The expectation of social change was terribly naive and doomed from the start. Society is like a huge ship; ‘captain’ inertia is at the helm; no wonder we say ‘the ship of state’. Turning a large ship around is a slow gradual process, as is social change. Seen up close, this ‘ship of state’ is more an illusion than reality. The so called state is really a horde of people, just as a bee hive is really a horde of bees. The state is the people; the people is the state, and change is glacial. Speaking of glacial, there is the exception.
When the ship hits an iceberg, change is sudden. The ship sinks. I suppose revolutions are the parallel in society. When the ‘horde’ changes course, the state must follow. The events of the last few years sure look like the ‘great ship of state’ has hit an iceberg. Revolution is in the air. Obama promised a civilized revolution… ‘change we can believe in”. Now the Tea Party promises a more radical revolutions… ‘throw the bums out’. Then of course there is the economic revolution that hit a few years ago. All this looks to me like natural and inevitable consequence of the modern ‘get it now; pay for it later’ approach of life. The ‘horde’ has come to its dead end and is desperate for a course correction.
This ‘get it now; pay for it later’ approach to life flies in the face of nature’s most basic tenants: living things work and earn their for what they get. Struggle followed by reward. Modern civilization has managed to ‘outwit’ natural law with its ‘get first;pay later’. Ha! Woe to him who willfully innovates, while ignorant of the constant. So as we see, nature rules in the end. Consequences come due – unpleasant, unexpected, unwanted, yet as predictable as night and day to those who maintain a proper sense of awe. If not, some awful visitation is in store.
(1) The Tao Te Ching say, circumstances bring them to maturity. That certainly plays a huge role in it. I was always struck by how much more mature third world poor kids were compared to their modern world counterparts.