In my last post, "On Leaving" I talked about the sociological aspects of leaving something behind and the five adaptation strategies, or options you have when you've started to question whether or not something is right for you.
The question you ask yourself before coming to the adaptation strategies can vary. However, they all have one thing in common, you are asking whether or not something still serves you. This can be applied to people (within reason), ideas, software applications, communities, and even entire societies.
Here's some examples.
- A person you've known for a long time no longer is taking your calls and starts acting aggressive.
Your best options would be retreatism or innovate and find out what is wrong.
- A social media platform has been run down with advertisements and the algorithms are becoming more aggressive. You feel it is no longer a good space for communication.
Several options are available.
- You are forced into poverty and cannot get ahead no matter what you do. The society is no longer serving your needs.
You can leave. Innovate and make society better for more people. Rebel and start an activist group. Or even leave the society all together and start over somewhere else.
Whatever you decide, you have to remember that you have just one life to live. Changing your situation for the better is always a better solution than waiting for something to change and doing nothing.
Sometimes that means walking away from someone, something, or someplace. ...
“living people can sometimes change their situations, while dead ones can’t change a fucking thing.”
― Cory Doctorow, Walkaway