Peter Drucker’s foresight…

I first read this quote that Peter Drucker wrote back in 2000 in the book Essentialism by McKeown…

“In a few hundred years, when the history of our time will be written from a long-term perspective, it is likely that the most important event historians will see is not technology, not the Internet, not e-commerce. It is an unprecedented change in the human condition.

For the first time—literally—substantial and rapidly growing numbers of people have choices.

For the first time, they will have to manage themselves. And society is totally unprepared for it.”

Peter Drucker
Peter Drucker quote

It’s now twenty years later, and it is easy to see that we’re already deeply embroiled in this despondency. What has come to us as this blessed freedom of choice, has become a tyranny to which yet again we are enslaved in a vast warehouse of choices – all clamoring for our attention. Mankind struggles to discover where their focus should be, what’s important, what’s essential and necessary. All the fruit seems good to eat and able to make one wise. Yet we lack the understanding to choose.

Because of this, we live in a time when hope and courage are waning. Even in the land of the free and the home of the brave! Why are we totally unprepared to manage ourselves?

At the core of this craftsman revolution resides a deep and sobering reality about the condition of man’s heart. To make something requires that we understand what is in our hearts – the thoughts and intentions that are there. And what happens when we ponder there long enough at the bench with our meager attempts at making spoiled in our hands? We will have to wrestle with what must change… what must be renewed, or possibly even replaced. But who can help us to see such insights?

“The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.”

Proverbs 20:5

Who is this “man of understanding”? Oh that we might find him and discover our true purpose.

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