Sunday, 14 November 2010

'EAST MEETS WEST'

So it goes

If you seek comfort (or the contrary) in the geo-political big picture, whether this concerns your hopes, fears and expectations for Conductive Education or for life in general, you may well know of Ian Morris's recently published book Why the West rules – for now.

Ian Morris is Professor of Classics at Stanford University, which gives as good a platform as any for looking out across the worldwide, æons-long perspective that he provides.

If you would like to see what he says in a nutshell, then this month's issue of the BBC's History Magazine has him down to five pages (including some rather nice illustrations).

Morris, I. (2010) Why the West rules... FOR NOW, History Magazine, vol. 11, no 12, pp. 32-36

Or you can seek out a copy of the original book:

Morris, I (2010) Why the West rules—for now: the patterns of history, and what they reveal about the future, NY, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

In three weeks' time I shall be speaking at a plenary meeting of the World CE Congress, in Hong Kong. The title of the Congress is East meets West, and I shall be contributing to a round-table discussion called 'Conductive Education in the twenty-first century'.

If you read Ian Morris's magazine article, look out especially for its final lines –
The world is shrinking, and the greatest challenges we face – nuclear weapons, climate change, mass migration, epidemics, food and water supply – are now global. The 21st century is going to be a race between worldwide transformation and worldwide catastrophe, each on an unimaginable scale. Whichever wins out, the next 100 years are likely to bring more change than the previous 100.000.
And in the course of this, perhaps history really will come to a .
Note, that is not an error at the end of his final sentence. It is a stop.

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