Where Is Europe?

Where Is Europe

So we are reading every day about the Europe border crisis.


With hundreds of thousands streaming to its shores, and either an inability or lack of desire to absorb the migrants. 


As the Middle East and North Africa burn with the Arab Spring, Caliphate enthusiasts, civil war mongers, religious extremists, terrorists, and anarchists, innocent people caught in the crossfire are seeking immigration to Europe as refugees or for a better future.


But significant entities in Europe, perhaps better known historically for their ultranationalism, deportations, expulsions, and the Holocaust are left gropping with what to do with a seemingly endless wave of Muslim immigrants. 


As Europe tries to figure it out, thousands are dying in capsized boats, sufficated truck cargo holds, and at the mercilessness of their handlers. 


So what will be of a future Europe that either heartlessly turns away needy migrants or potentially becomes more a Muslim enclave than the predominantly westernized and Christian continent they have been?


At least for now, Europe is facing a major humanitarian and identity crisis. In the longer term, they run the risk of their culture fading or disappearing altogether as the demographics shift beneath their techtonic feet. 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

>A Shift in Time

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SHIFT HAPPENS (a.k.a. “Did You Know?”) are a series of terrific videos that illuminate the amazing times of social and technological change we are living in.

(This is one of the videos)

We are fortunate to be alive today!

But we must be aware of all the change happening around us and PREPARE ourselves for a very different future.

Some interesting tidbits from this video that should make you think:

China will soon be the #1 English-speaking country in the world.

– The 25% of India’s population with the highest IQs is greater than the TOTAL population of the U.S.

– The top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010, did NOT exist in 2004.

– Today’s learners will have 10-14 jobs by the age of 38!

1 in 4 workers have been in their jobs LESS THAN a year.

– We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist, using technologies that haven’t been invented yet, in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.

– The number of text messages sent and received every day exceeds the TOTAL population of the planet.

– There are 31 billion searches on google every MONTH.

– 4 EXABYTES of unique information will be generated this year.

– A weeks worth of the New York Times contains more information than a person was likely to come across in a LIFETIME in the 18th century.

– By 2049 a $1000 computer will exceed the computational capabilities of the ENTIRE human species.

All in all, the world is shifting eastward, jobs are becoming more tenuous, information is EXPLODING, and technology is SURPASSING all known boundaries.

What will the world be like in 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 years? Marvelous to be sure!

But are we prepared for all the change is that is coming LIGHT SPEED at us?

Are we getting out in front of it–can we?

It strikes me that either we harness the POWER of all the change or else we risk being OVERCOME by it.

Shift happens, YES–These are great and challenging times for us to manage to and an awesome RESPONSIBILITY.