The Science of Change

I think we all know that change can be really, really difficult to deal with.  On a number of levels, our brains are hard wired to not accept change.  After all, do you remember driving to work this morning?  I bet not really, after all when you do something almost every day it starts to become second nature to you.

the debate

When we start talking about change, the wine industry is incredibly concerned.  To start, there are a ton of European wine regions which are based very close to major rivers, which if they crested another 10+ feet, could destroy vineyards which have been around for hundreds of years.  If you’re interested in 90 point wines, or even in being a member of a 90 point wine club that’s a real concerning thing isn’t it?  Other wine regions have to adjust as well.

I bring that up here, in the guise of the great debate about human nature because I think it brings up an age old question for society.  Are we willing to trade any amount of our current happyness in order to allow our children, grandchildren and the societies which we leave behind slightly better off?