It was one thing to contain the Soviet Union in Europe because Britain, France, and Germany were all willing to join in. But will Japan and other Asian countries be willing to join in the containment of China?
The act of willing this or that, of choosing among various courses of conduct, is central in the realm of ethics.
There is strong mentoring of women in the academy. Corporations appear more willing to resist affirmative action to advance women, and boards and shareholders are more tolerant of this approach.
For most of human history, the main goal of states has been to conquer land and to achieve glory for their rulers, usually at others’ expense. Then in recent decades it was all about GDP. It’s only in very recent history that rulers have been willing to commit themselves to helping their citizens live happier lives.
Millennials are more aware of society’s many challenges than previous generations and less willing to accept maximizing shareholder value as a sufficient goal for their work. They are looking for a broader social purpose and want to work somewhere that has such a purpose.
I’ve worked in public education for 30 years – as a teacher, a lawyer and union leader. I’ve visited hundreds of schools and districts. I’ve seen leaders from the classroom to the national stage who have been willing to set aside their differences and do the hard work that’s necessary to create real, enduring change.
Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and chance the future.
One of the reasons people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure.
Some say Edward Snowden is a hero and a patriot. Others say he’s a fool and a traitor. The evidence is mounting that the guy who leaked the details about the National Security Agency’s Internet-eavesdropping program may be something more sinister – namely, a willing tool in China’s ongoing cyberwar against our nation.
We’re not willing to give black leaders second chances because, in most cases, we’re not willing to give them first chances.