Prologue for our century
‘The frivolity and boredom which unsettle the established order, the vague foreboding of something unknown, these are the heralds of approaching change.’
G.W.F. Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit (1807)
The defining choices humanity makes about what kind of society is best could well become irreversible in this century, due to the limited amount of time left to solve a growing list of potentially terminal problems.
Now, more than ever, it’s imperative to make wise decisions about a range of issues facing us, from the future of the family to sustainable industrial energy systems, from environmental stewardship to whether to begin a new human colony on Mars, from creating viable social and economic systems to preventing ...