For most of us, maintaining stability with our stereo system is paramount. Turn the system on, have it work the way we expect, enjoy the music without hassles. Not much better than that.
Yet, to stay on top of the progress that’s being made we’re also obliged to remain a bit fluid: to stay up to date with changes in media and equipment, to keep our ear to the ground for new developments.
We love stability. It comforts us. We can relax after a trying day and just enjoy the music. Yet, over time, our restless nature find its way into our lives. We poke our heads out of our everyday routines and venture forth to elevate our pleasures even further.
It’s a careful dance between maintaining the status quo and staying up to date with the world around us.
But it’s a dance worth dancing. The best of both worlds.
I am always surprised…
…but rarely shocked when overwhelming evidence doesn’t at least spark a modicum of curiosity.
Take the subject of Climate Change. We might dismiss California’s unprecedented droughts and fires as a warning, but when NASA and 18 scientific bodies again shows clear evidence our world is warming, one would think it might raise at least an eyebrow.
Or when 11,400 scientists from around the world warn us about it in yet another report.
I am not here to argue either way but I think my readers know my thoughts.
No, I am more interested in how we get to these long-held beliefs and why we cling to them with such tenacity. That’s a subject that fascinates me and applies directly to our beloved stereo systems.
I am understanding of long-held beliefs. I have many (like my stance on going direct with DACs, or short speaker cables vs. long—all thrown out in the face of new evidence). And I understand the desire to cling to them because change requires more than admitting we were wrong. It requires a new thought process, perhaps even a course correction.
But, once changed, new vistas open. It’s freeing.
We work hard building our worldviews, and even harder changing them.
But, change keeps us alive and healthy.