Rick William Elkin was born in Pasadena, California,
Remember the Milk Industry ads, "Got Milk?"
For 2018, I ask "Got Plans?"
Because after what has happened in 2017, I bet they changed.
How could anyone have ever guessed what 2017 would end up looking like?
The convulsions we have experienced in politics, world affairs, gender redefinition,
pro football, women's rights, weather predictions, natural disasters, and personal safety and health, are themselves the story of the year.
I want to ring in the New Year with an excerpt from my new book (which should be available very soon). It notes one of my concerns about the impact of technology on our lives and our civilization.
"...We live in a unique time in history.
We are literally being bombarded by information every second of every day.
It is a phenomenon without any historic precedent.
We are a culture in a hurry and tend to make judgements from sound bites of information.
Having instant access to droves of information should teach us an important lesson:
Knowing large amounts of data are available should make us more aware of the potential absence of information.
It is like Newton's Third Law of Motion:
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
The same is true of information exchanges:
for everything you know, there is an equal and opposite thing you don't know."
Something to contemplate in 2018!
Happy New Year!