More recently, audacious scientific and technological innovation, instant global communication, expanded travel, increased international trade, intensified competition, shifting social roles, cultural mixing, biological transformation, and environmental shifts have made rapid change a pervasive phenomenon of life.

The world has come to believe that although the future is still unpredictable, it is in many ways in our hands. Rather than seeing ourselves as helpless pawns in the hands of fate, our societies perceive themselves as driven by human agency.[] Whereas the future used to be, like the weather, something you discussed but couldn't do anything about, now we dream about it, worry over it, save for it, invest ...

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