Helping the world make transitions

Sometimes getting from point A to point B isn't easy. We can see where we are and where we want to be—but how to get there is the challenge. This can be the case for nations as well as individuals.

In Eastern Europe and throughout the former Soviet Union, millions of people are now involved in working out the difficult transition from communism to democracy. In the Middle East and elsewhere, people are working to develop the structure of a more just society as official policies that tragically ignore people's legitimate rights are gradually letting go their hold.

It's a complex process, changing governmental, social, and economic infrastructures. Reorienting institutions and economies requires reorientation of thinking. Perhaps the world is learning that ways of thinking which leave God and spirituality out of the picture can trap people in patterns where old mistakes repeat themselves. Theories based mainly on material knowledge push in directions that simply don't work, because they fail to inspire people with a higher, spiritual view of what man is and why he exists.

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What is our model of life?
November 4, 1991

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