A decline in courage may be the most striking feature that an outside observer notices in the West today.
The Western world has lost its civic courage, both as a whole and separately, in each country, in each government, in each political party, and, of course, in the United Nations.
Such a decline in courage is particularly noticeable among the ruling and intellectual elites, causing an impression of a loss of courage by the entire society.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, famous Russian dissident writer, Nobel prize and Templeton Prize winner, Harvard University address (1979)
- Quote of the day: Internet and Society
- Europe: The EU’s “Nobel prize” for IT
- Time: Thirty years of Granta covers
- Quote of the day: Know your enemy
The Internet is a mirror of the population that uses it – in reference to the proliferation of fraud, social abuse, and other online crimes. If you stand in front of a mirror and you don’t like what you see, it does not help to fix the mirror… Google Inc.’s vice president and Turing Award [...]
I have just learned that one of the IT awards – or in good government gibberish “ICT” awards – I won for some of my inventions a few years ago is now called the “EU – Nobel prize – for ICT”. Maybe I should now move the plaque from the guest toilet where its displayed with the other awards to a more prominent place… “…The European ICT Prize, the EU’s “Nobel Prize” for innovation in information and communication technologies, is the most distinguished prize for innovative products and services in the field of ICT…” Well, to finish up the story, the money (grand prize winners now get EUR 200,000) went to my then company, which is now owned (at least some of the innovations) by an American conglomerate. So much about being successful in Europe when being innovative. Nevertheless the EU ICT prize is really a good thing and if…
The UK literary magazine “Granta” was founded 1889 by students at Cambridge University. It had some difficulties in the 1970s and was relaunched 30 years ago. 101 issues later today they provide a retrospective of issues since their restart in 1979. And every issue since then is still available in print.
Contributors since 1979 include Salman Rushdie, Doris Lessing, Paul Theroux, Julian Barnes, Gabriel García Márquez, John Le Carre and George Steiner to name just a few. The content from…
One of Sun Tzu’s maxims from his book The Art of War:
“If you are ignorant of both your enemy and yourself, then you are a fool and certain to be defeated in every battle.
If you know yourself, but not your enemy, for every battle won, you will suffer a loss (half and half).
If you know your enemy and yourself, then you will win every battle.
“Sun Tzu”, Chinese general and strategist ca. 500BC