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Every now and again I come across something so wise, so resonant and so much in harmony with my own beliefs but expressed with such eloquence that I’m left awestruck. This beautifully illustrated speech by the RSA’s Matthew Taylor is just such a thing, and I wanted to share it, along with those comments that stirred me most.

  • We need to live differently, and to live differently means to think differently, bring to bear powerful new insights into human nature.
  • We must resist our tendencies to make right and true that which is only familiar, and wrong or false that which is only strange
  • Fostering empathic capacity is just as important [as education] to achieving a world of citizens at peace with each other and with themselves
  • Rationality can tell us how to get from A to Z, but without ethical reasoning, we cannot discover where Z should be. What we aim for can be as important to our well-being as what we achieve
  • Creative people who want to make a difference have a million and one opportunities and distractions. To engage them means an ethic which is intolerant of negativity, rigid thinking and self promotion

In the words of the anthropologist Margaret Mead:

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

One thought on “enlighten me (it’s the twenty-first century)

  1. Thank you for sharing this. It is such a great illustrated speech.

    It really is a great piece to think about and take action on. I agree there are many opportunities and distractions that we come across everyday, I think also it is knowledge, support and the words of change that we need to use today as communities to live and think differently.

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