Sunday, January 7, 2018

The week has been amazingly cold. As I dictate this on the above date at approximately 8 o'clock in the morning, the temperature has warmed up above its recent levels at this time of day. On this day it is 42°, an increase of approximately 10° from its state of the week.

 

The rest of the country is in a deep freeze that has not been seen in this century and for 20 or 30 years. The year that I moved to Florida, 1994, the frigid weather in Greenville South Carolina sealed the fate of my job search for a new location. Lakeland Florida would become my new home.

 

I had had enough of exploding pine trees and other effects of the horrible winters of even South Carolina. It was so cold that trees across the street from my house literally destroyed themselves as their trunks froze in the wee hours of the morning one night. There were four or five shredded trunks there with their tree-tops lying on the ground. This explained the faint booms I had heard the previous night.

 

It was early in the month of January of that year. My Chevy Blazer had two wheel drive, and it seemed oblivious to the ice and snow in the neighborhood, but getting around town was a hassle. My phone calls to Publix became more frantic, although I tried to keep my concerns out of my voice as I spoke to my future employer about a pending position in Lakeland, Florida, which seemed like paradise.

 

I had loved living in Greenville, but this winter had become a real nuisance. I was ready to leave. The relative warmth of the winter in Florida was incredibly appealing.

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Victor Davis Hanson is one of my favorite writers and he elucidates on our changing society in a column I found that he wrote last summer. He equates the new disruptions of politics and hatred of Trump as a fourt revolution in our society equivalent to the Civil War and the Hippie revolution of the 60s.

 

I have been trying to get my head around (a phrase from the 1960s seemed appropriate) the reason for all of the upheavals that we are going through right now. None of them seem to make any sense and the causes are rooted in the way that we approached problems as far back as the 1950s.

 

As in everything revolutionary, change is happening at a much faster clip than it ever has before. Evolutionary transitions that used to take three or four lifetimes are now occurring at a rate where there have been two of them during my lifetime. This speed-up has been noted in computer science, acceleration of cultural change, nuclear proliferation, and several other areas. The conglomeration of all this change amounts to the societal and cultural transitions that he (Hansen) writes about.

 

As in most of his observations, he is correct.