chapter  8
Conclusion and Prospects
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Our world is changing at a dizzying pace. To an unprecedented degree, each of us is on our own, with less support from tradition, from family, from employers, and from the public sector. At the same time, the skills necessary to keep our heads above water economically keep changing. The education we received last year or last decade may not be relevant to what we will need to stay afloat tomorrow. We expect more from our relationships, yet have more and more difficulty meeting people. Seemingly paradoxically, the culture seems to be moving toward one-dimensional concerns with cost effectiveness and clearly definable goals and objectives for our work, as if we could or should know where we are going. Of course, there really is no contradiction. When we are frightened and confused, we look for some foundation, something to believe in, some assurance that things are under control, or at least could be under control. When things are too predictable, when tradition tells us too clearly who we are and how to live our lives, we feel constrained and look for freedom, risk, and the unpredictable. When things are too unpredictable, again we long for stability and knowability. We swing back and forth, continually getting too much of what we had hoped for. For now, change seems here to stay, as does the longing for stability.