here are all kinds of new trends but not all of these are timely. There are trends that are just repetition of former trends, like the sporting of way-below-the-belt pants or the wearing of mini-skirts. There are trends that are mere fads like the color of the casing of cell phones. But there are trends that are timely, they are appropriate for our times because they meet our needs, like education at home, away from the school buildings.
One of the timely topics in the new trends is in the area of communication and information technology because more and more people now are interacting with more and more people using more and more means of communication. Gone are the days when we had to wait so many days before we received communications from our family or friends through the post office. Now we can send messages instantly and we can also receive messages instantly. And there are more than one means of doing this. We can do this through our cell phones, our desktop or laptop computers, the fax machine, our public means of communication like the radio and television.
Another timely topic besides communication and information technology is education. As an educator this is especially of interest to me. Here we see a contrasting trend: while formal education in the classrooms becomes more and more expensive, informal and non-formal education is becoming more and more cheap. Tuition fees in schools keep on increasing, but charges for research in internet cafes are getting cheaper and cheaper.
Other timely topics are those in the realm of religion and spirituality. More and more people are turning to spirituality, away from formal religion in the old churches. People are leaving their churches to find meaning in their lives somewhere else. Many westerners are trying the eastern methods of attaining spiritual enlightenment as in Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism. Many Christians are experimenting with new ways of becoming churches such as house churches, cyber churches whose members gath