ElephantTech is Changing and Change Can Be Scary

“Change can be scary, especially when it’s not under your control, and it’s really scary when it threatens things that you find familiar and I think as the kinds of people we are… we have a really complicated relationship with the familiar and with change… we love changing things when we’re doing it. When someone else tell us “Don’t change that” we go “No no no wait, it’s good” but when they come over to us and say, “You should change this” we go “Hold on, hold on” and systemd represents a lot of disruptive change. And part of the problem with that is that getting a whole community to change, that’s really hard and it results in a kind of knee-jerk reaction to it and the problem with those kind of knee-jerks is that they lead to things like abuse and that’s not cool. You might not like systemd, but that doesn’t mean that you need to go and send death threats to Leonard.”
— Benno Rice (@jeamland) from the video below – 24 minutes

The quote above is taken from a highly technical talk on a highly technical topic, but it reads like good advice for so many of the political, religious, and societal discussions today. If the word “systemd” is replaced with “trade tariffs” or “gun control” or “climate change,” the piece would still make perfect sense.

This post is the beginning of a new direction for Elephant Tech, exploring some of the historical and psychological underpinnings of current events. Change is nothing new and despite differences in the topics, people, and speed of change, a deep dive into the human nature behind it all might provide helpful clues for understanding and addressing some of these major issues.