Facing Social Revolution: The Personal Journey of a Quaker Economist

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Chapter 21
The Journey Continues

The journey is not yet over. The "retirement" I now approach will be a gentle, relative shift. I will not stop teaching, so long as I am able, but I will do less of it, and I will work more on The Horizon Society.

Have I learned anything along the way? I list a few insights below. So long as I learn, they may be changed. Your insights may be different, and I will respect them. But if mine are of any use to others, then it has been worth my while to write this story of my odyssey.

First, what is right will probably work, and what is wrong will probably fail - often not right away, but usually in the long run.

Second, it is better to do good than to do nothing. But it is better to do nothing than to do harm.

Third, there is nothing wrong with being a champion, provided the champion does not steal the show from those championed, does not direct them, and does not patronize them. More often than not, however, the champion does.

Fourth, do not engage in a social protest whose success depends on its failure. "Well, it would be harmful if everyone did it, but if only a few do, it will be a strong protest."

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