There are people who build The System.
There are people who maintain The System.
There are people who operate The System.
The people who operate The System rarely know how it’s built or how it’s maintained, or even what it’s for. They may not care.
It is easy for those who operate The System to use it for great gain and benefit. It does not mean they understand it.
In time, maintenance is not thought of because it appears to be running well. Those who maintain must adjust and it is hard.
In time, building is not thought of as new wonders appear all the time and problems beyond the moment are not imagined. Those who build must strive mightily or merely repeat themselves to survive.
In time, The System breaks down.
Those who run The System are startled.
Those who maintained The System are angry.
Those who built The System curse everyone’s stupidities.
Everyone grabs for what they can as the walls crash down. History gets another chapter where we point at people’s ignorance and feel superior to them.
Steven Savage is a Geek 2.0 writer, speaker, blogger, and job coach. He blogs on careers at http://www.fantopro.com/, nerd and geek culture at http://www.nerdcaliber.com/, and does a site of creative tools at http://www.seventhsanctum.com/. He can be reached at https://www.stevensavage.com/.