Change of large complex things like people, countries, religions or cultures tends to happen slowly. And because the change is small we might think they’re not changing at all. Our instinct may be that they can’t in fact change because of their innate characteristics. But the destiny instinct misleads us.
Small change adds up to big changes over enough time. And while things may not seem to change in a week or a month or a year, when you look back over decades huge change can happen. Changes in poverty, live expectancy, economies, women’s rights, or attitudes to homosexuality — things that may have seemed at one time that they were hardly changing at all — have all transformed when we look back over sufficient time. Change that may not have seemed like it was adding up to much is still change.
Read more from the Roslings: Culture, nations and religions are not rocks — they’re always changing.
And, at a time of the year perfect for reflection, here are 4 ways to control our destiny instinct from Gapminder:
Also see Stewart Brand’s Pace layers.