~ Joshua Cooper Ramo from The Seventh Sense
This is a fascinating book. It reads like gripping, can’t-put-it-down fiction.
And, Joshua Cooper Ramo is a fascinating guy. He is currently the co-ceo and vice chairman of Kissinger Associates and a board member of FedEx and Starbucks. He spent years living in China (where he became fluent in Mandarin) and was the youngest senior editor + foreign editor in the history of Time magazine where he wrote 20+ cover stories earlier in his career.
This book is very different than the types of books I usually focus on. It’s not “self-development” per se; it’s more like “state-development”—as in, the optimal politics for our nation and world.
The main thrust of the book is that we are entering a revolutionary time—an epoch of networks and extraordinary connection. Joshua believes our great-great-grandchildren will call this era something like the “Great Connection.”
Although Joshua briefly touches on the role individuals will play in the book, his primary focus is on a macro level. I’m going to leave the high-level intellectual discussion on global war and peace for the book and see if we can find ways to bring this meta-level awareness down into our lives with some practical wisdom we can apply to our lives TODAY so that we can each play a powerful role in these revolutionary times.
Let's explore some of my favorite Big Ideas:
1. The Seventh Sense - What is it?
2. The Illness of Our Era - = Insanity.
3. Proper Effort - Can you be the disciplines?
4. Psych. Hard Gatekeeping - Battle for war and peace.
5. Complicated vs. Complex - Big difference. Our lives = complex.
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