By Dele Sobowale
“The rate of change in our time is so swift; that an individual of ordinary length of life will be called on to face novel situations which have no parallel in the past.
The fixed person for the fixed duties, who in the old society was such a God-send, will, in the future, be a public danger” – Alfred N Whitehead, 1861-1947.
The rate of change before 1947, which Whitehead called “so swift”, would today be regarded as standing still. He died two years after World War II ended. During that war, the earliest reports of combat would reach the developed countries three days after they took place.
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African countries got to know a month or so after. Even then the details were sketchy. The world’s latest conflict between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza was brought to us as the bombs and rockets were flying– on television, on GSM sets, on the go…
Source: Vanguard Newspaper