Mourning the Past
The funny thing about innovation is that it can lead to something that often saddens us: change.
Recently they created bioswales on my street. The result will be a better way to handle runoff water, which had been flooding our sewer system and sending raw sewage into our local river. All in all, bioswales are a great innovation and a cool way to deal with rain.
Problem – to build them they had to rip up and replace my old cement street, which dates from 1909, and which still had iron hitching rings in the curbs to tie up your horses. I loved my old street and its connection to the pre-automotive era, and I was sad to see it go.
We need to acknowledge that while change is exciting, it can be hard on that part of us that longs for the past.
And remember, when they first introduced horses, someone must have looked at the street, shaken their head, and thought that things would never be the same.