When I was a boy, the aspirational careers were doctor and lawyer. If you couldn’t get that far, accountant was pretty good too. College was mandatory for success. You were expected to pick your lifelong career while still in childhood. Those not attending college got to be plumbers or policemen.
Nowadays, people get to be digital content creators and tech entrepreneurs. College is optional. Careers are invented and selected in real-time. So the upheaval of an entrenched system is not always bad, in fact it tends to create opportunities.
If we’re to move to a digital economy, of course the old has to go. We should not lament the end of the antiquated, but celebrate the coming novelty. The problem is not the new, but insistence on the old. It’s that transitional period where antique definitions overlap modern ideas.
Don’t look for what’s lost, but look for what’s next, keeping an eye out for approaching opportunity. It’s a fallacy to look back and see only the good. We need change, it’s what flushes out accumulated cruft and prejudices. Every age has its landscape, its new horizon, its bright tomorrow that must be embraced lest we linger in darkness.