“Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.”
Money did not drive my career path. I haven’t done so well in love. I dance like Fred Astaire in private, more like Elmer Fudd in public.
2) World In Pictures – Friday March 4th
In Swedish Lapland, the northern lights – the aurora borealis – wrap a vivid green mantle around the sky above the country’s northern-most city, Kiruna (Photograph: KeystoneUSA-ZUMA / Rex Features)
Drag queens run on Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach during the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras drag race. (Tim Wimborne/Reuters)
Guess which country this picture was taken in, Las Vagas? Monaco? Would you believe Communist China (Macau). Chinese workers are industrious, committed to saving – and willing to gamble enormous sums in Macau’s sprawling casinos
Macau’s casinos are the world’s most profitable – some repay billion-dollar construction costs within a year. (Photo from the Guardian)
Ras Ajdir, Libya: Evacuees from Libya search a rubbish heap at a refugee camp at the border with Tunisia. (Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images)
3) Learning from the past – adapting for the future.
We all know the world will continue to change. We all know failure to change leads to extinction. This is true of people as well as the societies we build. Of course some choose extinction rather than making changes they don’t believe they can live with.
Adapting does not mean we need to completely deconstruct our society, or how we live. The trick is to know what will work in the future and what will not.
Changes don’t need to be revolutionary, but they must be evolutionary. Communism is a failed system. Russia didn’t not adapt and is paying the process. China is beginning to follow capitalism as it’s economic system, but its leaders still retain strong central control of it’s political system.
America began as a country ruled by white Christian men. It has evolved into a more democratic country, where discrimination because of race, gender or sexual orientation is illegal. Although some segments of our society have not caught up. The glass ceiling in business still blocks some women, gay people are not safe in some parts of the country, and any who says they don’t believe in God is unlikely to win an election.
What is one thing from the past they we need to retain into the future?
What is one thing that needs to change?