Thank you for your supporting comments.
Relevant to DKR/OHS (and potential ancillary softwares), I should add
that the "overview" in my previous post is far from complete and that,
in balance, the sentiments I expressed in favor of the military actions
underway may well be offset by other factors. For example, I overlooked
that 60 % of Iraqis are Shi-ite and, hence, ideologically strongly
linked to Iran. A newly "democratic" Iraq may well develop a strong
fundamentalist tilt that then will reinforce Iran's. The now so despised
French premier, Jaques Chirac, is likely quite right in being concerned
about the effect of the war and a subsequent imposition of a
Western-controlled regime in Iraq on such Muslim intelligentia as a
highly political and activist clergy. (In the meantime, the incoming
leaders of Iraq are, it appears. not taking too kindly to a long
Coalition presence in their country.)
Thinking now about DKR/OHS, it must spawn tools that permit public
assessment of the potentials of alternative policies, and Earthlings
must learn to efficiently avail themselves of those tools.
We have a long, long way to go.
On Sun, 2003-03-23 at 17:28, Jack Park wrote:
At 01:51 PM 3/23/2003, Henry K. van Eiken wrote:
A thing that troubles me is how to shift paradigms that are tied to
nationalism and national/tribal histories and existing throughout the
world to ones that may be felt among the entire world community, i.e. to
paradigms tied to a chronology of progress in thinking on a
world-community scale. This calls for an education and media that
inculcate in all of us across the globe an understanding of cultural
backgrounds worldwide and a learning from them - a tall order for
education and media.
These words, coming from a man who lived his childhood in a nation occupied
by invaders who were given to sending his neighbors on "vacations", strike
me as terribly profound, important, and otherwise central to all of the
discussions going on around the world at this time. I cannot agree more
strongly with the notion that, no matter what we do in the future, we must
find a way to work our way around those issues which have, as their roots,
I'd like to think that the factory-based education systems that most
developed nations use would or could be found to be adequate for the job;
it is my opinion that they are not so, and that, as appropriate to this
discussion's occurrence as part of Douglas Engelbart's Unfinished
Revolution, it is more than past time to think about the OHS/DKR paradigm
in terms of augmentation, indeed, revolution in education as suggested by
Henry. Slogans will never be enough.
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