We have a responsibility in our time, as others have had in theirs, not to be prisoners of history, but to shape history.
Vaclav Havel (1994), president of the Czech Republic, eloquently explains,
There are good reasons for suggesting that the modern age has ended. Many things indicate that we are going through a transitional period, when it seems that something is on the way out and something else is painfully being born. It is as if something were crumbling, decaying and exhausting itself, while something else, still indistinct, were arising from the rubble. (p. A27)
Havel's appreciation of the transition that the world is experiencing is certainly important ...