Global consciousness, metaphysically based

Some years ago, when moving from the Foreign Service into international consulting, I was asked by the American Government to escort the foreign editor of an influential Asian newspaper on an extended tour of the United States. With one brief exception this editor had not been outside his country, separated from his family, nor in an environment uncircumscribed by ancient traditions and customs.

He stepped off the plane thousands of miles from home into a society of high technology and rapid change. He evidently felt lonely, resentful, ill, and ready to take the next flight home. The tour was to begin in two days. I prayed for understanding and direction that would bless all concerned.

Today, individuals, organizations, nations, are confronting challenges similar to those faced by the foreign editor. Socially, economically, politically, we are being pulled and shoved out of familiar and comfortable mental surroundings into a transformed and transforming era.

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Reading the signs of the times
June 25, 1979

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