“Everything has its cause and nothing, not the least wind that blows, is accident or causeless. To understand what happens now one must find the cause which may be very long ago in its beginning, but is surely th, ere, and therefore a knowledge of history as detailed as possible is essential if we are to comprehend the present and be prepared for the future. Fate, Mr. Kung taught me, is not the blind superstition or helplessness that waits stupidly for what may happen. Fate is unalterable only in the sense that given a cause, a certain result must follow but no cause is inevitable in itself, and man can shape his world if he does not resign himself to ignorance.” Pearl S. Buck
‘Why’ and ‘How’ Succeeds. How often are we really addressing a problem, and not its effect? Do we actually help perpetuate serious problems by distracting ourselves from actually addressing root causes?
What if funding the police with more more resources is simply empowering apprehension and incarcerations and not doing anything to reduce crime? What if we really looked at why people become desperate to do desperate things and really thought about qualities of desperation and the effects?
What if the aid industry is deluding us into believing we are actually helping through our donations? Dambisa Moyo talks about the failure of aid ( she makes a distinction between humanitarian aid and the aid industry ), and how it is not working in Africa. "Born and raised in Lusaka, Zambia, Moyo has spent the past eight years at Goldman Sachs as head of economic research and strategy for sub-Saharan Africa, and before that as a consultant at the World Bank. With a PhD in economics from Oxford University and a master’s degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, she is more than qualified to tackle this subject." Jane Wales Just Say "No"
(more to come over time)