6On MatteringLessons from Ancient Wisdom, Literature, and the New Sciences

Barbara Mossberg

The new sciences, especially chaos and complexity theories, show us that everything affects everything else, which undermines the notion that any one country, any one kind of people, or any one set of ideas is central while others are at best tangential. This realization also can free you up from any remaining fear that only certain leaders—at the top of countries, global corporations, or international agencies—have power and the rest of us are nobodies without the means to make a difference. In the final essay in this section, Barbara Mossberg demonstrates how ancient wisdom, literature, and modern science combine to affirm that we all do matter—and hence ...

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