The world has changed dramatically since Barbados gained its Independence in 1966. The global systems and rigid institutional structures designed half a century ago for a post-colonial post-war world are crumbling. They were created at a time when newly independent …

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Ours is a brand-new world of allatonceness. “Time” has ceased, “space” has vanished. We now live in a global village...a simultaneous happening. We are back in acoustic space. ... We have had to shift our stress of attention from action to reaction. We must now know in advance the consequences of any policy or action, since the results are experienced without delay. Because of electric speed, we can no longer wait and see.... Information pours upon us, instantaneously and continuously. As soon as information is acquired, it is very rapidly replaced by still newer information. ... We can no longer build serially, block-by-block, step-by-step, because instant communication insures that all factors of the environment and of experience coexist in a state of active interplay.

Marshall McLuhan, The Medium is the Massage is precisely in periods of transition from one historical system to another one (whose nature we cannot know in advance) that human struggle takes on the most meaning. Or to put it another way, it is only in such times of transition that what we call free will outweighs the pressures of the existing system to return to equilibria. Thus, fundamental change is possible, albeit never certain, and this fact makes claims on our moral responsibility to act rationally, in good faith, and with strength to seek a better historical system.

Emmanuel Wallerstein, The End of the World As We Know It

A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Airman's Odyssey