Self-governance begins somewhere. It must have the resources to enact its will. We have the means of changing the worst of things while letting the best of things stay the same. If not now, when? If not us, who?
Humanitarian providers of the future need to develop a far broader perspective on the complex array of issues involved in order to ensure that their good work actually does some good -- or at the very least does no harm.
Last summer, I responded to a call for volunteers from Creating the Future. Having read The Pollyanna Principles, and having loved every single page, I applied to become the new board recording secretary and documentarian.
Following an election that feels much like a bitterly fought, hard-won vindication of those earlier transformative contests of 1932 and 1964, we might do well to reacquaint ourselves with this great American mind.
Morals arise from our values. They are personal, having to do with the people and environment in which we were raised and the experiences that shaped our growing up. As adults, our morals are still shifting and changing.
The internet today -- despite the occasional bouts of disinformation and invented scandal -- is far more of an effective and immediate marketplace of information than the world for which Bernard Kouchner seems to pine.