Old or timeless?
Posted June 30, 2016on:
There will always be rhetoric about the good old days and the good old ways. While the vessels of that rhetoric might mean well, they sometimes reinforce the position of those who oppose change.
So instead of saying that some good values are “old”, I say we call them “timeless” instead.
This is not a semantic game, but a strategy for change.
One element of systemic change is articulation. This means using powerful words and stories, and yes, rhetoric too. This could mean reassuring people that worthwhile values are not abandoned while simultaneously not leaving people in their comfort zone.
Timeless values and practices like “do unto others as you would them do to you” endure. They persist because they are socially adopted and adapted by people. There is no logic to resisting them.
There is no logic to labelling them old either. They are here now and as current as ever. They are timeless and we should value them as such.