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May 24, 2016

In an Age of Discovery, It Takes Real Guts to Be Optimistic

Through three decades of feverish connecting, integrating and tangling together -- from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the rise of social media -- we have built a precious but, history tells us, fragile new world. In so many ways, we are starting to flourish. But equally, we are starting to fray. An age of discovery is a time of upheaval. And upheaval makes both winners and losers. But it does not make us powerless. This extraordinary age of discovery is not simply the condition of our lives, but a contest as well. We're all being drawn into it, more and more. Some are harnessing a prevalent pessimism to seize power for themselves, to tear apart the open society we've built and shorten our reach so that we do not exceed our grasp. Who will dare to stoke our optimism?

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