Einstein said, "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."
I think this is a time in history when we have to take his words to heart and find new ways to solve the problems that exist.
I am reading The Elephant and the Dragon by Robyn Meredith. I highly recommend it as an example of what China has done and of what China and India are doing. It shows what can be done, and it requires work and effort and some people get stepped on, but this is the world in which we are now living and competing, and I think we need to be aware.
I first went to Thailand in, I believe, 1992. It was clear to me I needed to be more aware of the news in Asia and each time I would visit some part of Asia, I would think the same. Now, the news of Asia comes easily to us. The world is small.
In the book I am a Strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadter, he says that the words conscience and consciousness have the same root.
He talks about Albert Schweitzer, a great man, who honored all life. I see that the more we open to our feelings, all of them, sun and shadow, the more we can identify with others, empathize and that is where we find peace, individually and as a world. We have to move out beyond ideas of right and wrong doing and meet there.
I will be in a spiritual retreat all day and it is walking distance so I am soon out the door. Peace!