Today everything is temporary. We have temporary jobs, temporary relationships and marriages, temporary housing, and so on. We even have a temporary Pope! Of course nothing is forever, we know every human life will end and the universe too. But till about 10 years ago, there were many things eternal during a human's life. Like working for the same company till your retirement, or marrying that special someone to spend the rest of your life with. You bought a house together and watched your children grow up in it. After, you grew old together in the same house. Romantic as this may sound, today we can't take that for granted.
Today we have a so-called 'zap- culture', which is everywhere. Even the Pope (who I see as very traditional) decided to zap. We're all zapping from one job to another. We're zapping from one relationship in another. Everybody's zapping, scrolling and searching through everything. Searching for that one and favorite song, Mr. or Mrs. Right or that dream job that gives you the gratification you always wanted.
Until recently zapping used to be a choice. But now with the economic crisis in Europe and the USA it became an obligation. You don't get that steady job anymore if you want to, but a temporary contract. You have to do everything on a project base, which makes you think project based too, in almost everything you do. It can be noticed if you look at the quality of products we buy nowadays. The washing machines that would go 10 to 20 years are something from the past. Today they're much cheaper, but last only 5 years. If you buy a tablet now, in two years it won't be compatible with all the apps you have now.
The whole market is not focused on sustainable products. Instead of upgrading or fixing, people is forced to buy! This idea originates from the time before our current crisis. The time when you just had to consume like crazy. This is the reason why the crisis started in the first place. It's the result of what happens when people buy everything, while they can't afford anything. It's the result of thinking big, thinking in growth without realizing: "hey, the economy can shrink too or just stay like it is".