The Dawn of a New Era? How after the ChiCom Plague we will never go back again – Part 2
Continuing to discuss the paradigm shifts in our lives brought on by the ChiCom Plague. (For those less familiar with the term “paradigm shift” it a systems generalist’s term to reflect a state change in a system that is largely irreversible. The fundamental changes replace the former status quo with a new norm.)
The magnitude of the changes from the ChiCom Plague are intellectually and emotionally a challenge, as between one’s normalcy bias and the inherent difficulty of making accurate observations from within the flames & smoke of a figuratively burning crisis, we don’t have a good perspective.
We may be moving to our new future quicker, in that many of the Paradigm Shifts are sudden realization of changes we were moving towards as it was.
Some of the paradigm shifts appear they will stay with us once the ChiCom Plague virus is thwarted (the ones in Bold are the ones I will address in this post, italic were already covered):
- Accelerated Change on multiple Axis
- Risk Analysis of Social Contacts
- Risk Analysis of Group Meetings (Starving the Monkeys)
- Travel vs Teleconference
- Supply Chain Robustness
- Distrust of the MSM and other public voices with an agenda
- Increase in Personal Preparedness
- Two-is-One, One-is-None mentality as the new norm
- Unmaintainable generics vs Sustainable Brand options
- Exotics vs Field-Maintainable Equipment
- The Death of JIT (Just in Time) logistics
- Education Reform
- The Kennedy Reality (Ask not..)
Let’s dig in a bit further into the list:
Accelerated Change on multiple Axis
The rate of change in society is usually observable, incremental, and somewhat sedate. Even rapid adoption of changes is measured in many months, years or decades.
Right now we have most change-axis moving, in leaps and bounds. Innovation and adaptation are the rage.
Change is accelerating and is not smooth. A decent read on this sort of idea can be found at: https://www.profgalloway.com/post-corona-higher-ed If any reader is really interested there are some great building blocks in understanding accelerated change that came out of the WWII experience. Somewhere in my notes I’ll have a bibliography I could share (once found).
Risk Analysis of Social Contacts
Some of the medical leaders are suggesting our social contacts will be fundamentally different to the point where we might never shake hands again, much less do the kiss on the cheek ritual some Europeans consider the norm.
One may well look at every aspect of social interaction with the filter of worry. Will we recoil from the idea of group foods, like a Fondue or a bowl of chips?
Will we really give up handshakes? Perhaps if we are fearful enough.
What other customs will change? The mind boggles!
Risk Analysis of Group Meetings
For those of us who work construction, the crowded group meetings in a job site trailer are done for. Everyone recognizes those as impossibly risky at the moment and likely will push back on this sort of huddle/scrum in the future.
If there is a way to do it remotely that works during the shutdown, it will likely continue.
Personally, I am okay with the change, as the time spent traveling usually exceeded the actual useful time in the meeting as it is.
Travel vs Teleconference
The benefits would have to be pretty high to do a fly-in/fly-out face to face meeting in a ChiCom Plague world. In some case there is little option – that specialist can’t look at say your building’s electrics or building shell without having feet on the ground. But routine meetings as a get together just went the way of the Dodo bird.
Likewise, with personal & family travel, we can expect more virtual attendees. In my personal case with family living in other states and out of country, we are a bit accustomed to including e-participants.
Supply Chain Robustness
The ideal of building your business (and life) based on “single sources” of supply has died a well-deserved and sudden death.
At a Nation level we learned we shouldn’t put so many of our pharmaceutical in one basket, as we learned when the people of that area of the world are sick & locked down, we cannot get the pharmaceuticals we both want and in many cases need.
Reinforcing the need to have active secondary or mutual-peer sources was the less than veiled threats directed by the ChiCom Party that they were considering holding us hostage because of the leverage their controlling the single source allowed.
In my next ChiCom Plague post I’ll cover more thoughts on the Paradigm Shift the ChiCom Plague has been the catalyst for.