The World has Entered a New Zone of History: An Assessment of Global Trends

by William Van Dusen Wishard

Introduction

My work is what’s called “trend analysis,” looking at the long-term technological, historical and psychological trends that are reshaping the world, and-to the extent one person can do it-put them in some understandable context. As I’ve looked at global trends, I’ve asked myself this question: Is the world simply passing through what appears to be an extremely dangerous and difficult period of multiple crises, after which life will return to a more familiar normalcy? Or do these converging crises signal the end of the world, as we’ve known it, and the emergence of a totally new context of human existence?(continue…)

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