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Ripples of hope

Winston Churchill famously referred to a description of democracy as the “worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.” And often the weaknesses of our cherished system seem to outshine its strengths.

But is it the system that is failing, or the attitudes of the participants that are wanting?

For “rule by the people, for the people” to function, people need to play their part. But many appear to have lost the will to do so. Perhaps “Web 2.0” will give the growing number of netizens a renewed sense of community and rekindle their desire to be active citizens.

Links between family groups among modern humans were apparently crucial to their overrunning of Neanderthals. Will these new connections will help today’s society evolve to meet its challenges? Evolution is a slow process, but I see ripples of hope.

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