For the Feast of Tabernacles in 2006 I took a trip to Turkey to visit the seven cities of Revelation. Along with visiting those cities, which gave me an interesting and worthwhile perspective of those seven cities as they were in history and are in the present time. While I do not think I will ever forget the pleasant smell of licorice in the air while visiting modern Aleshehir, what was historically the little city of Philadelphia, there are other lessons about my trip there that forcibly reminded me of one of the key difficulties of our times, one I occasionally reflect on , but which seems to be nearly entirely ignored as an aspect of the day to day life of the world I happen to inhabit.
I would like to comment at least a little bit about why the logistics crisis of the contemporary world is a bit of a silent epidemic, except for those who seem to be passionate about issues of logistics. Given the nearly universal nature of massive resource shortages and beggar-thy-neighbor policies that are engaged in the short-term thinking that fills our institutions, businesses, and societies, it is clear that logistical matters are not an area of strength. Yet the great deal of attention that is paid to issues of taxation and information gathering suggests that there is a substantial awareness of the need for acquiring resources even if the stewardship of those resources is abysmal. It would appear that the widespread ignorance of such matters springs from at least two fundamental causes, one of them being the fact that few institutions or governments would wish to publicize their vulnerabilities, which is entirely understandable, and the other one being that few people, except those who are obsessively fretful in nature, choose to focus attention on areas of weakness that appear to be hopeless or nearly hopeless of solution.
What are some of the ways where a failure to properly handle resources makes our lives particularly complicated in the present time? For one, let us examine how the general collapse of our institutions has led to other problems. There has been a vicious downward spiral between the decline of institutions to fulfill their responsibilities and the rise of government meddling in areas of obvious difficulty. The failure of families and communities and churches and businesses to fulfill their moral obligations has been a “pull” factor to involve government in the resulting problems, and the meddling of government has further exacerbated the failure of those same institutions. Another way that there has been a massive failure is the widespread inability to distinguish between the urgent and the important and to act accordingly. In such a way, activities are regularly structured based on urgency because effective planning is absent, and effective planning is absent because either the focus or the resources are lacking to effectively manage situations, including the human factors of motivating people to act in ways that benefit the institution as a whole. Sadly, people would rather put a band-aid on a hemorrhage rather than to take the effort to foresee potential difficulties and to examine goals in light of the reality of the people who are asked to fulfill them, and to respond thoughtfully and sensitively to the needs and concerns of others. Your failure to plan does not constitute my crisis, but it doesn’t make such matters any more enjoyable to deal with, or more amenable to solutions.
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