In some respects, the world seems to be getting increasingly partisan and divided. In politics, for example, everyone is encouraged to take sides. Left or right, the 1% vs. the 99%, conservative or liberal… Are you for us, or against us?
But at the same time, the world is becoming more nuanced in many ways, less black and white — more gray, so to speak.
Common wisdom dictates that the old and the new don’t mix. This couldn’t be any further from the truth. For instance, witness the Twitter feed of @DalaiLama or the videos posted on his Youtube channel; ancient wisdom delivered at warp speed!
Or check out this Nielsen survey that says Americans between the ages of 55 and 64 are adopting smartphones at a faster rate than any other age group. Way to go, Baby Boomers!
But one of my favorite examples of this dichotomy is cited in a recent post on the Ecoleader’s Blog, titled “The Yin and Yang of Jeju Island: From Swimming Mermaids to Solar Energy.” A new smart grid project is poised to bring state-of-the-art renewable energy to Jeju Island, southwest of the Korean Peninsula. This island is home to traditional Korean haenyeo (female divers) that have gathered seafood for their communities for nearly two thousand years. Now Jeju Island is set to become the world’s largest Smart Grid community, with residential power to be provided by solar panels and wind turbines.
Personally, I love to see old and new technologies come together. Why not reap the benefits of all the resources at hand and take a more balanced approach to find the best possible solutions?
The same goes for a more moderate, less partisan rhetoric. We can all agree to disagree without getting ugly about the matter, can’t we? We just need a little more gray in our daily lives.