One of the greatest certainties in our lives is that everything is constantly changing. Sure, you can keep a consistent daily routine in your personal life, but the world is always moving forward. In our previous blog, we mentioned the meaning behind our theme for this year’s Spirit & Place Festival, R/Evolution. Essentially, the definition of both evolution and revolution centers around the idea of change. We wanted to dive deeper into the meaning of both and explain why change is essential for growing our community.
When we think of evolution, a common association comes from the theory Charles Darwin posed in the 1800s. According to Live Science, he believed that people change over time in order to adapt to their surroundings. “Over time” are the keywords that separate an evolution from a revolution. An evolution doesn’t happen overnight. We didn’t go straight from traveling by horses to flying in jets. That happened with progress made over many years of trials and turbulence. Some things are easier to accept if we are exposed to changes in a manageable, less overwhelming form. This is why evolution is beneficial for specific changes in a community.
Sometimes, people are looking for a large change to happen very quickly, which is how a revolution occurs. This way of change often stems from a strong disdain for how a business, government or community worked before, according to Alpha History. In many cases, a revolution is what happens if there is not a steady evolution in an organization.
As is common with some historical revolutions, the current leadership is often opposed to such change because the current way of doing things already benefits them. This is why many revolutions turn violent – a lot of conflict and controversy can result from swift changes. But not all revolutions have to be vicious. New information can provide the clarity we need to revolutionize the way we live, which is why some people say the era we live in today is part of a technological revolution, according to an article in the Huffington Post. The growing knowledge and access to technology is meant to improve our lives, and improving the lives of a community is the main goal of a revolution.
Change can be intimidating, but it is also necessary for progress. The purpose of evolution and revolution is to adapt to the changing world around us. Hopefully knowing more about these two ideas make them less overwhelming and perhaps inspire you to seek out changes that can enhance your community.