After an hour I discovered another sound track in these reports and interviews. It was the message of the “unexpected surprise”. In the retrospective analyses most contributions pointed to the development over last 4 to 8 years and the need for change as this development could not be logically continued. But if this was that clear for a large majority, why this overall lack in trust? Were some of the US citizens still not convinced or didn’t they trust the election process? What would happen, if? Okay, at least some of these nasty questions became academic as more states report on the voting results.
Next I asked myself about the ability to execute on these expectations. Most of us know the current evident need to respond to a series of economical, ecological, and social demands. These questions are not arbitrary, but might be prioritized differently by persons according expertise, responsibility, time dimensions, and geographical extents. Next I realized the instantaneous aspect of this election. Or better to say: why are such changes less evolutionary and that strong dependant to instances like political parties, the composition of parliaments, elections and others. From a political perspective resolutions are typical binary: either this or that. Is this contemporary in western democracies? Is there a possibility to adjust actions with population, nation, government, parliament, on a more continuous level? I’m aware about the forces acting in such political, economical, and social environments, but still the question is about this second message “unexpected surprise”.
Continuing on this reflection I thought about mathematical or physical systems. Abstractly speaking it’s the resolution of a bundle of equations under the condition of boundaries. And what happens once the boundaries are changing in dependency to some parameters. One of the best-known parameters is time. The current boundaries we perceive in live are describing economical health and growth, social healthcare, development of emerging markets, recovering of the financial crisis, ecology and others. Most political discussions keep these boundaries static and this might be one mistake. The other issue to overcome is the awareness of “give to get”. Say it in other words: it is no more valid to expect a continuation or even an increase in values for all aspects we like and love, and got the “other” issues resolved on top as well.
The boundaries in these mathematical system descriptions might be changed, but our world is limited. Like economy,also politics is global, so we have no outbound domain to drop waste and incapability. Today’s election has major impacts regarding sustainability and the request for capabilities to handle resolutions considering changing boundaries.