A SMALL SOCIETY shook off the lethargy and anguish of its colonialism and began to reshape itself. It created no Utopia. It didn't solve a single human problem for all time-- in the ultimate sense beloved and often demanded by scholars but never achieved by people. Its successes were those of real people in a real world--clashing and fearful. From any point of view those successes were remarkable.
In an election which amounted to a political explosion, human energies were released for creative purposes other than procreation. During the years that followed, through the complex processes of trial, error, invention, mistake, and occasional success, those energies came to be reasonably united and channeled into the concerted striving toward a better life. Standards of living began to rise, and with them hopes for future generations. Agricultural and industrial production began to soar. Education, geared specifically to the needs of the people, began to be regarded as an inalienable right. Physical health and life expectancy showed improvements so dramatic that they began to attract world attention. Colonialism was abolished as the society's prevailing political institution, greatly modified as an economic force, and virtually destroyed as an attitude of mind. Democracy began to take its place as a working reality.