The Great Impertinence (or Belief in God – Rooted in the Past or Evolving into the future?)
This positive and most readable article has been written in an attempt to come to terms with the fact that Western Society is becoming more and more secular in the 21st Century (AD). The Author, Philip Norris wants to spark a newdebate on why this might be. Is this the new “ignorance” borne along by lack of time and many distractions in our societies that has critically eroded our traditional beliefs; bethey be Christian, Jewish, Moslem, Buddhism or Hindu.
This is not a religioustract so please don’t switch off at this point; this israther your way of putting your religious beliefs into a modern perspective that will hopefully endure far into the future. Read on
“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.
The above quotation goes some way to debunk a modern myth saying that winning is equivalent to being strong. Being ‘strong’ is more about being aware of one’s weaknesses and working long and hard through life to keep those weaknesses at bay by working round them. Being strong only comes from knowledge of oneself and the desire to do better.
Strong leadership in politics, business or community affairs requires such self-awareness in spades as well as a ferocious and consistent ethical focus. Pity that so many self-serving people can’t see this in their public race to the top.