The current condition of society can best be summed up - if it is working, chances are it won't be for much longer. It is so easy to find consolation in the notion that progress is real, but even the most optimistic has to relegate, Pollyanna to a former generation. Sure computers can provide functions not even imagined a few short years ago and cars come with gadgets that offer creature comforts that indulge and enhance the traveler, but inventions don't guarantee the eradication of turmoil. The only way to judge the direction society to moving is to take the long view and make comparisons to the way systems, institutions and organizations functioned in the past.
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