The ability to perceive or think differentlyis more important than the knowledge gained.

—David Bohm

In February 1993 I was in Houston to present the 1992 Global Scenarios to the management team of Shell Oil Company. I thought of the meeting in Houston, years before, where I had made the brief comments to Norman Duncan that eventually led to my becoming the leader of the scenario team. Now, having presented the scenarios, I walked over to the Hyatt Regency Hotel to hear an address John Gardner was giving to the Forum Club of Houston. I entered the hotel ballroom, which was completely full.

John’s address was entitled “Rebirth of a Nation.” He gave, not uncommonly for him, an absolutely stirring talk that met with ...

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