THE ENDLESS SEMINAR
That our world is enormously complex is hardly a radical revelation. The problem is that we act accordingly. To widen our perspective, we narrow and confine our endeavors. Consequently, we sequester ourselves in various silos that encourage us to think laterally. In face of overwhelming evidence of our interrelatedness, from our bodies to our environment and our actions within it, we no longer have a choice other than to broaden our approach. Perhaps the hardest task is to avoid binary thinking, such as the separation of human beings and the environment, city and hinterland, nation and world. We must also accept the current limitations of challenging such thinking. Appealing to pragmatism, we must use humility and intersubjectivity to replace professional myopia and the misplaced belief that “we know best.” New dialogues must be established. By focusing on the consequences of our actions and our designs, we will find ourselves part of an endless seminar, daunting yet bright with opportunity and open to experimentation.