Our timid collective age

“There was no filling in of forms, no demanding of a fortnight’s notice in writing, no referring to some remote impersonal authority for a decision, or any other of the devices used by our timid collective age to eliminate the individual equation in life.

“The senior official merely said: ‘Come on, there’s no time like the present.’  No platitude to me has ever sounded more profound and original.”

From Laurens van der Post, in The Lost World of the Kalahari, when in urgent need to fly out for more assistance for filming the expedition.

This was written in 1958.  How much have we learnt about true empowerment in 50 years?

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