During my adolescence and my twenties, I often wondered what it would be like to live through a time of major change. You may think this is strange given my early adolescence saw the falling of the Berlin Wall and the end of Apartheid in South Africa. These were global changes but somehow felt far away. Then came ‘The End of History’ and it felt that way. Western democracies recovered from an early 1990s recession and then entered a period of seemingly benign growth and tranquillity.
There was an uneasy calm about the post-millennial world – shattered by 9/11. Then we were talking about the ‘Clash of Civilisations’ rather than ‘The End of History’. Strangely, despite apocalyptic predictions, two failed wars and a loss of life on a terrifying scale, 9/11 seems to mark a diversion rather than a fundamental change. There is actually something bigger that is going on. Then came the crash. At the time, we were worried about man-made climate change. Suddenly, we were worried about our entire economic structure. We no longer feel able to control our destiny. Complex systems – economic, cultural and environmental – surround us. Yet we have lost a sense of agency. There is a reason for that. We have…MORE
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