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Read the following extract from the introduction to the web page of Bruce Lloyd, Principal Lecturer in Strategy at a university in the UK.
1,000 Messages for the New Millennium
The concept of the Millennium has a different significance for different people. But all groups and sections would probably agree that it is critical that the Human Race learns the lessons of history, if we wish to live within an environment that we might be able to call progress over the years, decades, even millennia, ahead.
The Human Race has come along way in the last 1,000 years. It has come even further in 100,000 years, but, although you cannot have change without progress, it is certainly not the case that all change can be defined as progress. Progress involves value judgments about what is considered to be "right" or "good." You can only have progress if you know where you are going. However, it is now increasingly recognized that, unless our rate of learning is greater than the rate of change, it is very unlikely that we will be able to equate change with progress.
Today, there are many who argue, with some justification, that the New Millennium provides the Human Race with the greatest learning point in history. Never before has so much intellectual effort been focused on two key questions: Where have we come from? Where are we going?
In attempting to distill "The Wisdom of the World" as reflected by the sayings of those who have considered these issues, both practically and philosophically over past millennia, it is clear that many (perhaps even all?) important messages about the state and future of the Human Race were made over a thousand years ago, in China, in the Middle East, and other parts of the world where sophisticated societies had developed. Of course, in the last 1,000 years there have been enormous changes, and an enormous increase in what has been been written, but are we really any the wiser? Has all this increased effort and experience been translated into effective learning and greater wisdom? This remains an open question.
As a small contribution to this process I have collected together here well over a thousand messages, or quotations, that attempt to focus on what it would be useful for us all to learn - and pass on to future generations - if we are seriously concerned about trying to make the better place in the future.
"If we still have not learned the lessons of 2,000 years of history, why should we suddenly start being able to learn it now?" (Anon)
Perhaps that quotation is right? However, the case for making an effort is overwhelming. The New Millennium is a unique opportunity. We cannot afford to ignore it. Surely, at the very least, things would be much worse if we didn't even try! Again grounds for optimism?
The important messages appear to be relatively simple. But that could also support the case for pessimism, as history appears to shows that it is incredibly easy to ignore the wisdom and learning of earlier Millennia. This point also reflects the view that, unfortunately, it is much easier to recycle the words than to put them, effectively, into practice.
Let's take a further look
Why has Bruce Lloyd undertaken a project to collect so many quotations or messages?
i. Access his webpage: http://www.wfs.org/Q-intro.htm
ii.Skip the introduction and scroll down to where you see the following:
iii. Click on different letters and browse through some of the quotations
q Find 7 - 10 quotations which you feel , "would be useful for us all to learn."
q Copy and paste these. (Remember to indicate the source.)
q A. Write at least 50 words about three of these
q B. Copy and paste 3 quotations that you do not agree with. (Remember to indicate the source.)
q Write at least 50 words about two of these
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