Wednesday, February 24, 2010

pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will


Many people find the times that we live in to be profoundly disempowering. Despite the fact that the social and economic system under which we live is, at less than 300 years, relatively new, in human terms, too many people feel that the world is as it is and will never change--even though it needs to!

I have just come across a remarkable BBC/GlobeScan poll, conducted in the summer of last year, which shows that a large number of people around the world thinks that there is a need for fundamental change. Take a look at the chart above. It really is quite remarkable. It suggests that in the United States alone almost 40 million people think the social and economic system has to change. It suggests that in Canada 6 million people think that the social and economic system has to change. Around the world, millions want a different world--one that they think will be a better world.

Who would have thought. There are lots of folk out there that want to see the kinds of changes that you do!

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