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When Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in April 1865, it took nearly two weeks for the news to reach Europe but about a hundred years later when John F. Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963, the news was heard same day not only in Europe but also around the world.

We live in a world that is never static. Ours is a world characterized by continuous changes in conditions and trends making it a world in constant transition.

The times are not only changing, they are changing rapidly in all areas of human endeavour.

Critical to maximizing success in any field and making the most of life is knowing not only what is going on in the world but also where the world is going. This demands having an understanding of the times you live and knowing what to do with it.

Just over a century ago, the West was at the forefront of spearheading the global spread of Christianity. Today the centre of gravity of Christendom has largely shifted from the West to the Global South as evident in the latter region now being home to the largest population of Christians as well as being at the forefront of sending Christian missionaries to other parts of the world.

The systems of government that dotted the world’s political landscape in past centuries are significantly different from 21st century political systems. Where monarchy, autocracy, theocracy and military rule once held sway, democracy and participatory governance have largely been accepted as the norm.

Up to the end of the first half of the last century, nearly all African countries were under colonial rule but today all 53 countries on the continent are politically independent.

The times are indeed changing.

In the 1940s through the 1960s decolonization was the dominant agitation on the African continent. Today, enthronement of transformational leadership and creation of strong institutions required to free the critical mass of the populace from the grips of poverty and political instability, have become the principal needs of the continent.

Technologies that were not available a hundred years ago are now commonplace.

Where wealth was once solely a function of ownership of lands and slaves, today, entrepreneurship, intellectual capital and advanced technology have become the principal drivers of wealth acquisition.

As a reflection of changing times, such global challenges as the threat of terrorism, climate change, AIDS epidemic and nuclear proliferation that have newly emerged as dominant issues of concern to world leaders in the 21st century, were not the issues monarchs and emperors of the 17th and 18th centuries confronted.

In today’s globalized economy people can now work from home, pursue multiple careers, operate virtual offices or run multimillion internet-based businesses with little or no start-up capital.

There are now more opportunities to break the cycle of poverty, overcome limitations, make meaningful contributions to life, and achieve social mobility and self-actualization than there were in past generations.

The changing times affect every area of our lives— career, finances, business, marriage, beliefs, culture, value-systems, social life, personal health and happiness among many others.

These changes affect people positively or negatively depending on what they do in response to the changing times.

Written by : Ayo Adebamowo


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