“Appearances to the mind are of four kinds. Things either are what they appear to be; or they neither are, nor appear to be; or they are, and do not appear to be; or they are not, and yet ap­pear to be. Rightly to aim in all these cases is the wise man’s task.”

Epictetus

Above the Fold

A quarter century has passed since the Soviet Union, an “Evil Empire” (Reagan 1983), dissolved.  Gone were the fears of mutual nuclear destruction that dominated the newspaper headlines and evening news television programs for decades, hopefully never to appear again.

Armed with that knowledge the populace would never again allow politicians to create conditions that would even remotely resemble that of a return of the Cold War.  Rather, they would retain in their collective memory the importance of living in peace and emphasize its importance above all else.

Figure 1. Know your priorities, act locally and think globally.  (Photograph courtesy of C.F. Gritzner.)

Transfer of Power

Whereas many people are able to focus upon the importance of “local” events and conditions, transfer of this ability to the global stage is difficult if not impossible for most.  What happens on the global stage, however, can have a much greater long-term impact on their way of life than a local event.

Holiday Season Anniversaries: Dissolution of the Soviet Union (1991)

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