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March 2011

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Carl Gustav Jung, the famous Swiss psychiatrist, was quoted as saying: “Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism.” We certainly live in interesting times. No matter our place, position or status in society, we are now globally more directly affected by world events than ever before. Many world crises are currently reaching their tipping points or have already done so. Events are hitting close to home, even when they seem remote or far away and we are realising just how fundamentally interconnected we are on this planet. Many widely-held concepts, such as autonomy, sovereignty, independence and individualism, are being challenged by events and processes which know no borders. Common knowledge, group think, popular culture and even the results of higher education are increasingly failing to provide concrete answers or solutions to the current fast-developing events which often don’t seem to fit…