All Good Things

All good things must come to an end.

This is something that I don’t think people want to recognize. It’s a pessimistic thing to keep in one’s head. To many, that phrase strikes them as the morbid revelations of death or the negative reflections of a failing relationship.

To me, the phrase “all good things must come to an end”, is something that must be necessary for life. It is a phrase that embodies that things in this world do have conclusions, even if they are good.

Men and women will look into this and take it as a saying of sorrow to come.

It should be taken as a statement of hope.

I say that because the world is always shedding the skin of it’s past. It is always shedding the lesser of what it was and replacing it with what it can be.

Take Blockbuster, the business which currently sits as #500 on the S&P 500. There was a time when it sat in the top #100, certainly. The business was a good thing as well, helping people to see movies whenever they chose to rent them. However, Netflix was simply a better thing. When it showed up it put the writing on the wall and began to make the once-great business crumble.

Even Netflix now must compete with Hulu, Amazon and many others. Each and every one of those businesses provides a “good” to its users. This trend is not exclusively in movies though. Flip phones, which were a good invention, where terminated with the invention of smartphones. Taxi services are crippled by Uber and Lyft. The abacus found itself eliminated from the world, where the calculator had become available.

It is in this sense that I say, “all good things must come to an end” is not a statement of negatives, but a statement of hope. It is true they must all be done with, sooner or later, but the “goods” of the world may always be replaced with the “betters”.

Until next time,

Cade

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