An acrimonious Presidential campaign in the US is entering its last leg. But irrespective of whether President Donald Trump of former Vice President Joe Biden wins the election, the question of what to do with China will entail making difficult choices.
It takes a special kind of character to persevere when all around you have given up the ghost and a very high degree of competence to eventually do better than anyone expected. Churchill’s and Jobs’ lives probably offer a useful blueprint with which to judge and identify leaders. Most of us might not want either of them as a friend, but if we were in for a tough fight, we would very likely want them on our side.
The fear of coming across something undesirable or unwanted on an increasingly personalized internet is giving rise to calls to legislate decency. But trying to scare away scoundrels will create more problems than it solves. Instead, we need a new conversation about distinguishing personal from public space and the extent of individual liberties.
The COVID pandemic has wreaked havoc across the world. But despite the widespread devastation, this experience might help us do better in our fight against climate change.
If I study and apply Einstein’s theory of relativity, am I appropriating the cultural legacy of Jews? Do I unknowingly demean Koreans when I practice Taekwondo? Does an attempt by me, an Indian born and raised, to learn Blues music, diminish the struggle of African-Americans?
A butterfly flaps its wings in the US and, some poor farmer in a distant part of the world can now send his children to school. Or maybe he loses his access to the local market. What happens in the US impacts the rest of the world, whether the effects are intentional or otherwise.
The fountainhead of the modern world, universities, have been severely impacted by the pandemic. But even as they fight to survive, existential purpose itself is increasingly being questioned by developments fast-forwarded by the ongoing crisis.
Just about two years ago, whistle-blowers came forward with details of how Cambridge Analytica harvested user information from Facebook to curate personalized political advertisements.
As ‘alternative’ sources of information gain more traction, concern around false information during the pandemic is growing. Paradoxically, the increasing concern that led to increased reliance on expertise, has also led to a counter-current of distrust in experts.