Thursday, April 19, 2012
By Gwynne Dyer March 19, 2012
Reporter: “What do you think of Western civilisation, Mr Gandhi?” Mohandas Gandhi: “I think it would be a good idea.” The quote is probably apocryphal, but if the Mahatma didn’t say it, he should have.
Now we have something close to a global civilisation: most of the world’s people work in similar economies, use the same machines, and live about as long. They even know most of the same things and have the same ambitions. So we need somebody to ask us the same question. Do we really think a global civilisation is a good idea? And if so, have we any plans for keeping it going beyond a few generations more?