Past vs Present??

when you make serious decisions, what do you first consider?

Do you think about the importance of that decision, its effects, its impact on you and on people that matter to you?

Where do you base your decisions, anyway?

Earlier this week, I encountered an article in the 24th volume of The Manila Collegian issued July 13, 2010. The author, Trishia Gayle Palconit, wrote in her article “No Lamenta”:

“…para sa aking nabubuhay sa modernong henerasyon, hindi na lang nakasalalay sa edad o sa dami ng karanasan ang kakayahan ng taong makapagdesisyon. Iba na ang mundo ngayon, matindi na ang sibilisasyon. Madali nang nakikilala ng kabataan ang pagkakaiba ng tama sa mali, nang dapat sa hindi. Bukod sa mga kwentong-pasa-sa-bibig, nariyan na rin ang teknolohiyang mabilis na nagpapakalat ng impormasyon tungkol sa iba’t-ibang aspeto ng humanisasyon. Kaya nga may mga batang nagrerebelde sa kanilang mga magulang; dahil sa tindi ng modernisasyon, iniisip nilang mas marami na silang alam, at mas matalino na sila kaysa sa tunay na nauna.”

Given the Internet that we have today that enables us to do easier and faster what we want to do or what we think we need to do, we can say we are in a better position to make decisions. That is why there are lots of information we can easily and quickly access in the Internet, right? This free access to information is not just for the sake of being informed, as David Weinberger wrote in “The Hyperlinked Organization”; the free access to information is for us to make BETTER decisions. So given the NSM tool within our reach, we can know right at the moment which universities offer the best courses, what products are best preferredΒ  by consumers, what do’s and don’ts to remember not just in practical day-to-day living but also in dealing with personal relationships. We can reach all the information we need with just a touch of our fingertips. So maybe making sound decisions doesn’t depend on age or experience after all, right?

We are more equipped and more informed than people were decades ago, thanks to the Internet. We may have more information to base our decisions on, but does that mean we make better decisions than the preceding generations? Consider our parents, our aged professors, and our future senior managers at work. Does that mean our being the Net Gen imply that we are better decisionmakers than they are?

I believe you would agree with my roommate when she said that experience still counts when it comes to making decisions. What the Internet provides is information, anyway. And in dealing with people in an era of hyperlinks and conversations, we don’t need mere information to survive; we need understanding. All the information would not matter and would not aid us in making decisions if we do not understand them. And to gain understanding, we need to know the story. We need something like an experience of it. So, given the Internet as our tool in collecting pertinent information, we have an edge, but it does not automatically mean we make better decisions than people older than we are. It doesn’t mean we could just ignore the value of experience.

sometimes we feel like pushing our "bosses" off a steep cliff ;D

When it comes to our parents, professors, and future senior managers, we don’t really have to see them as opponents, as Sir Barry pointed out in class last week (though they frequently go against our ideas and personal decisions). We should see them, rather, as “resource persons of stories and wisdom.” We should not see them as fallible people whom we need to prove wrong, but leaders from whom we could gain valuable insight. And when we get to meet difficult, aged people at work someday soon, all we need to do is to let them see that we champion NSM because it is simply part of the wind of change that would lead to the organization’s growth, and to personal growth as well. It is not a battle between the past and the present, anyway. For the organization, it’s a continuous pursuit for betterment, an ongoing quest for perfection.


7 thoughts on “Past vs Present??

  1. Hi Keren! πŸ™‚
    Your post reminded me of the saying “experience is the best teacher”. The experiences of the seniors or old timers in the organization serve as case studies not written or published on the newsletter. By seeking these people’s insights, we will be able to know how we can relate the information that we have to the situation at hand. The Internet is a vast collection of information and it really takes a lot of effort to scrutinize or evaluate their relevance to us. But through our conversations with seniors, we can save a lot of time. πŸ™‚

  2. Kerensss! πŸ™‚

    Let’s just see it this way, the internet helps us make decisions but it does not necessarily demand what decisions we are to make. It may demand, but we have the choice not to go with it. Because of the vastness of information it can give us, we may look at different perspectives, different applications. We should always manage our resources right. And given what we have, we need to make it for us and not against us. True enough, experience and people reliable enough may be our best teachers, but the internet and the benefits it offers can be their assistant teachers in some sort. πŸ˜€

    1. Woah. it’s such a small world! haha. πŸ™‚ yes, Internet will always be there to some sort of “help out” with the decision-making process. it’s just good to know that, instead of searching the net with advices on how to deal with suitors you don’t like, you can just talk to a trusted leader at church, like Atzi perhaps (and get the fun out of the conversation ;D ). life’s so good when you’ve got so many options. (oops, is that an ambiguous/vague statement? haha.) ;D

  3. ..elo ate ken…
    well… since the younger ones nowadays are more exposed to the Internet and the modern technology, they often become greater in knowledge than the older ones, in some ways. But then, i still believe that though they may be more exposed to technology, there are still some knowledge that can only be acquired through experience… (:

  4. Experience is really the best teacher. And I say this from the point of view of technologies and the changing generations. Isn’t it amazing that kids expertly know how to operate a computer while some of our parents and older generations are considered technophobes? It is not that they are stupid or slow learners. We have to understand that the older generations are not used to the technologies we have now. And the kids today, were born with these technologies at hand. And all they can do is learn by trial and error. Still, the same teacher – experience. The kids have an edge because they start young unlike the older generations. But I believe, if they start acting like a kid – engaging and exploration, trial and error – they too will learn easily. It’s just that their mind is set to thinking that they should learn it fast and it’s shameful that they don’t know it that’s why they have a tendency to shy away from it.


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