CHAPTER 7

Humanity at a Crossroads

In the 2005 Woody Allen film Match Point, a tennis ball hits the top of the net—and hesitates between the two sides. Depending on which side it falls, one of the players will lose, and the other will win. Will humanity reach such a point? “Against a global background with no historical precedent, the near future is particularly indecipherable,” Michel Cicurel, then CEO of the private bank Compagnie Financière Edmond de Rothschild, observed in 2007.1 Now, more than ever, “our planet wobbles between various perspectives.” Tempted by fear, courage, and hope, we should not let chance or fate decide for us. On which side of the net will the ball fall?

Not Letting the Wrong Story Enter the History Books

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