"To begin with, it's worth noting that all the insanity around us notwithstanding, there will be a moment when this age will start to make sense. That brave new world will look very different than it does now. And- though this may be the hardest thing to imagine, what with the economy in shambles and creeping anxiety about ideas we hold dear- in some ways it will look better. But it is also true that there is no book of answers we can take off the shelf, peruse and then snap shut with a nod and the acknowledgment, Now I understand this age. No, in an era in which the inevitable- when the world's most solid looking financial system tumbles into chaos in less than a year, when countries we thought pleasant turn dangerous, when our lives seem constantly assailed by fresh risks- innovative spirit matters a great deal now. Yet there will be many dark days ahead when it will be hard to get too far from that old unnerving aphorism of Mao Zedong's: A revolution isn't a dinner party."
- Joshua Cooper Ramo
(Idealistic? A bit. An interesting perspective? Sure.)