Monday, March 20, 2006

A message that continues to inspire

Readers who read my blog, written earlier this evening, will have learned something of ‘Think Tank 30,’ the group of 30-35 year old women and men created under the auspices of the Club of Rome. Members of this group met with Dennis Meadows and me to learn systems thinking and system dynamics modeling at a workshop held in Portugal, last week.

At our training’s conclusion, they presented us with a book entitled ‘Letters to the Future.’ The Preface, written by His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan communicates an important message about the group’s mission. Prince Hassan writes:

"At every stage of our life we are resistant to change, for truly we are creatures of habit. Going to university, getting married, accepting a job opportunity abroad… every decision we make along the way, when faced with alternatives, lands us into confusion and potential conflict with those who share a part of our lives.

A perfect world is but a dream. On his or her deathbed, any human being would forget rank and status, material possessions and past experiences of vexation and exaltation and would only call for loved ones. And yet still human beings resist change.

Our earth is being abused by deforestation and our oceans by contamination, and instead of becoming doctors, we are becoming soldiers. Instead of rescuing what we already have, we are demolishing what others have.

It is difficult to be 30. The past is bitter sweet and the future is yet undefined. However you still have the time to make the change rather than resist it. Express yourself, for freedom of expression is sacred and thought can only be corrected by counter thought.’

On your deathbed, when you call for your loved ones, you want the whole world to come to your side. Leave a trace by making your footprint that of a human not a soldier.

And Isidro Faine, Chair of the Spanish chapter of the Club of Rome writes:

"…when I think of the future, I do not see problems or possible solutions, but the hope of young people. They will give continuity to our desires, aspire to a world free from hate and war, where solidarity guides the action of science and economic activity so that all can enjoy the quality of human life without devastating the planet or the resources made available for rational human use. That is why I see a future full of hope and trust [because I believe] that all young people understand how necessary it is for them to be better than us."

Many of us who built the first global computer simulation models in the early 1970s, defining a new field of analysis and inquiry were motivated by the Club of Rome’s message. We were the age of today’s TT30 members, or younger. The message remains compelling and even more urgent today.


Anonymous Beth said...

I really enjoyed reading that. Thanks for posting it!

4:12 PM  

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