In an interview, the author Walter Mosley described the situation surrounding a character he created:
"Oh, I like Leonid very much. He represents to me the 21st century. He's the guy where everything has changed in the world. Like, living in Los Angeles is a great example. You might say, 'I'm not going to move from place to place like everybody else.' But even if you stay in the same place, everybody around you moves. So you become nomadic, even if you stay in the same place. The 21st century is like that. The world we knew is gone, and we're living in a new world even though we didn't go anywhere."
As soon as you read this, you recognized the truth of it. We are surrounded by change, even though we sometimes resist it. The key, in my mind, is to swim with the current to harness the power of its momentum.
Here's something you might have missed. In order to bring this wisdom to life, Mosley had to observe life, ponder, work though his thoughts, and put them to words. Do you want to be wise? Give yourself time to think. Dive deeply into a topic. Talk about it with other people. Give yourself room to breathe. In so many aspect of life, you look to produce something, to get return on your effort. ROI can wait. Capital markets want return; humans crave wisdom.