9.9.10 “The Genteel Nation” - David Brooks
9.11.10 “We’re No. 1(1)!” - Thomas L. Friedman
I don’t know which way these are most powerful; alone, side by side or paired together. So I’ll start with the beginning of one and the end of the other:
Most people who lived in the year 1800 were scarcely richer than people who lived in the year 100,000 B.C. Their diets were no better. They were no taller, and they did not live longer.
In a flat world where everyone has access to everything, values matter more than ever. Right now the Hindus and Confucians have more Protestant ethics than we do, and as long as that is the case we’ll be No. 11!