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22-09-04 // 17:04h

ERVIN LASZLO: "OUR CHALLENGE IS TO GO EVEN FURTHER AND TO CREATE A NEW CULTURE"


This morning marked the inauguration of the Dialogue "Contributing to the Global Agenda", with the participation of the founder of the Club of Budapest, Ervin Laszlo


The intellectual, scientist and founder of the Club of Budapest, Ervin Laszlo, explained that: "A change is taking place in our society and something in that change is swift; it is something that is altering everything and which has shared characteristics". In the opinion of Laszlo: "We live within the dynamics of chaos, society is complex, unstable and we experience what is known as the butterfly effect".

Laszlo believes that "our challenge is to go even further and to create a new culture, a new society. We need a base that allows us to act because it is culture that must change: our way of thinking, of perceiving". In this sense, Laszlo promotes cultural change in order to be able to take on the challenges of the new world. "To find a solution to this chaos, this moment of breach, we must build a new culture", insisted Laszlo.

Laszlo defined the present world situation as being at "a point in which war is a constant option, and if we don't bring about a dynamic change we face self destruction". "For that reason the alternative is dialogue, which should be accepted through pacific means and correct and positive actions from governments", added Laszlo.

The intellectual went on to explain the evolution of the world; from a world of mythology to a theocratic world, passing through a period of materialism to a holistic society".

For Laszlo, "ethics are the underlying element, the difficult comes through power and weapons, and what we need are improved ethics with new values".

For the scientist "it is necessary to behave as if the Earth were a spaceship, the planet must be sustainable and we have to maintain order".

The coordinator of Intinerario 6 on Democracy and Diversity, Pere Almeda, explained that the objectives considered as part of the dialogue "are to look for a possible way to contribute to forms of government". Almeda said that: "a redefining of the theory and practices of governments is necessary for us to adapt to the present world".

For Almeda, "it is necessary to look for new structures to legislate the democratic system". According to Almeda: "To speak of federalism, democracy and identity in the 21st century is not a utopia".

The director of The Asian Heritage Foundation, Rajeev Sethi, said in his speech that: "There is a present lack of creativity in the world". "We live in a decentralized world and through creativity it is possible for us to become united, to create new spaces", added Sethi.

Sethi concluded by saying, "We live in a world that is limited in its capacity to create, but creativity as such known neither borders nor limitations".



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