You can’t believe how much I love my new job. I suspect that relatives and friends are getting bored with the regular, “Have I told you how much I love my job?” routine. It’s a bit more intense that I imagined, but the excitement level is very high because I get to work with amazing inventors and innovations every day, mapping out strategies for commercialization, intellectual asset development, marketing, etc. From lone inventors to large companies, from California to Florida to Russia and Israel, we get to be involved with innovation at so many levels. And we even have some of our own innovations we are taking to the market, such as a personalized security system to defeat thieves at many levels (check it out: US Pat. Appl. 20070250920 – also on FreePatentsOnline.com – and for those who hate patents of this nature, PLEASE attack it with prior art and intelligent comments at PeerToPatent.org, where I’ve been accepted for their peer-review pilot!) What excitement!
As much as I love innovation, there are some places where I don’t want it. Take my operating system. Every time Microsoft updates things, I’m nervous. What functionality has been lost? Will my drivers still work? Will my computer crash? From XP to Vista – ouch! That’s an innovation I’ve been resisting. Things that were easy in XP seem harder and slower in Vista. And some past upgrades in software products have completely deleted key things that were important to me.
Innovation in religion can also be undesirable. The innovations of the fourth and fifth century in redefining the nature of God, for example, are innovations that leave me a little bewildered. How I miss that good old time religion! Now I know we Latter-day Saints talk about the Restoration of the original Gospel of Jesus Christ, and that’s absolutely true for core elements like authority, baptism, knowledge of God, etc., but we should also recognize that there have been many innovations with time as well. Some things we do might be pretty foreign to the early Christians, and visa versa. And some things might seem pretty foreign to Joseph Smith.
So let me ask this: What innovations in modern Mormonism – innovations since, say, 1900, do you find most valuable? And which would you like to eliminate? Because not every upgrade is an improvement, and sometimes innovation can get in the way of real progress, as exciting as it may seem.