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“Of one thing we can be sure. The quality of our life in the future will be determined by the quality of our thinking.” Edward de Bono writes here of the positive future we can have if we want it. Societies, like organisms, develop certain characteristics that make further evolution impossible. At that point instructions and sacred ways of thinking have to be replaced with a more positive approach. Our negativity has to go. Our troubles are not due particularly to villains or stupid people, but to the exercise of high intelligence within bubbles of perception. We need to develop new concepts: some brand-new and some slightly different. De Bono firmly believes that’ we can no longer wait for drift and crisis management to carry us forward to a better future; instead we have to make a deliberate and positive effort to secure a positive future. The call is to arms: not the outmoded arms of gun and bomb but the focused power of human thinking unleashed from its pettiness.

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