1. What's the question?
There is always one and only one primary question. The question that all other questions lead back to. The question that has to be tackled first in order to clarify the others. There are many sub-questions we need to ask but I want to identify the question of primary concern.
It may be that some people are already asking this question but we all need to be asking it together and working together on the answer.
Maybe it is too obvious to ask. Maybe it scares us to ask it. Probably it will be evident with hindsight. We can now see – or think we can see – the questions of past eras.
In the 1930s, for example, the question was, perhaps, “how do we respond to fascism?”
In the post-war 1950s the question may have been, “how can we build a safer, fairer world that will not tumble into another war?”
In the 1960s,the question probably had to do with the interaction of the generations and how to preserve the best of tradition while nurturing innovation.
The question of the 1980s, the era of Thatcher, Reagan and the unleashing of neoliberalism was “how do we manage the different needs of capital and human beings?”
The 2000s was the coming out ball for the internet and the question was, “how can we use technology most wisely without letting it turn against us?”
Which brings us to today. What is the question that we should be asking ourselves and all talking about?