No. Not New World Order. This man isn’t silly enough to believe in that. No. This man has literally built World Order in his time. He knows we need it and writes to persuade us that it is necessary. I’m convinced by his argument.
I don’t agree with all he writes. It’s a very American analysis but then, the US rescued him from almost certain death during World War Two. And he found his metier amongst them. His destiny was there both released and fulfilled. He’s bound to them by gratitude and freedom. It hardly matters – to be honest.
The World Order he helped to shape as US Secretary of State is with us today. He’s 92. He’s ‘done his bit’, so to speak.
He argues well that the new generation of thinkers and policy makers need to take responsibility for reshaping our world in the 21st century. He argues for a principled foundation with a realistic grasp on what is possible to steer us through the quagmire of competing ideologies and demagogues rising to fill the wisdom vacuum created by too much information.
He identifies how truth “is being relativised and individualised – losing its universal character.” A wise word of warning to our generation – “Information is presented as being free. In fact, the recipient pays for it by supplying data to be exploited by persons unknown to him, in ways that further shape the information being offered to him. The effect of this on policy making at a World Order level may prove transformative. Where…does an individual find the space to develop the fortitude to make decisions that, by definition, cannot be based on a consensus?” (My paraphrasing).
It’s not hard to be officially impressed by the man and his writing. He ends with the offer of a prospect that will require determination and perseverance if we are to live in a future World Order that offers both Peace and Hope for the majority. Both sobering and inspiring at the same time…