Chapter Seventeen

Seeking a Newer World

Edward W. Headington

There is an old Chinese curse that runs, “May you live in interesting times.” Whether we choose to believe it or not, we live in interesting times. We live in a time of incredible economic growth and rising globalization. We live in an era of increased personal wealth and the rising tide of democracy. Finally, we live on the verge of new frontiers—searching for life on Mars, completing the genome project, and exploring the darkest depths of our oceans. But while we pause for a moment to take inventory of how far we have come, so we also remind ourselves of our unfinished work—improving the human condition. Global warming is no longer a theory. AIDS is ravaging the African continent. ...

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