We are truly living in extraordinary times. While there’s uncertainty around what comes next, what is clear to me is this: Our mission has never been more important. To engage respectfully, honestly and openly with those with whom we may disagree. To find common ground wherever it exists. To lean forward and do our part to build a better society where all can co-exist - if not always agree. To ensure that justice prevails.
The community we are building with the Aspen Global Leadership Network has also never been more important: High-integrity leaders committed to each other and the ultimate benefit of society. Fellows leaning in to take action on the challenges we see around us.
Let’s use the coming days, weeks and months to learn what we can from this global wave of discontent. Let's ask ourselves what we need to learn. And let's find new ways to proceed.
For those looking for perspective, I invite you to revisit a few of our core readings as well as to explore some recent books and articles I’ve come across.
- Martin Luther King, Jr., “Letter from Birmingham City Jail”
- Ursula K. Le Guin, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” in The Wind’s Twelve Quarters
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract, Book I, Chapters 1-8
- Karl Popper, “The Paradoxes of Sovereignty”
- Isaiah Berlin, “Two Concepts of Liberty”
- Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me
- J.D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy
- Glenn Greenwald, “Brexit is Only the Latest Proof of the Insularity and Failure of Western Establishment Institutions,” The Intercept, June, 25 2016
- Eric Liu, “Americans Don't Need to Reconcile After the Election. They Need to Get Better at Arguing,” The Atlantic, November 1, 2016
Peter A. Reiling