Part 7 • Karen Armstrong Interview on Her Vision for the Future

Part 7 • Karen Armstrong Interview on Her Vision for the Future


SB: You’ve spoken about your vision for compassion,
could you name a specific objective, perhaps you see the world can achieve let’s say in
25 years? Then what insights and suggestions would you
offer that might address and achieve this vision, within the time frame of 25 years? Dr. Armstrong: Well, what I suppose I’d like
to see happening would be a “trans-world tunnel of people” who come together periodically
which is quite easy to do now with modern electronics and things, and come together
and who will create a body of sages, if you like. Wise people of all religious traditions, or
philosophical traditions, or secular traditions. People who think deeply and who will gain
respect because they would be people of eminence, that’s Nobel Prize winners, but who come together
instead of just going off from Stockholm back home but linking up and will address some
of the burning issues of the time. Giving an ethical voice that will make people
think, re-evaluate, and feel that they’re not perhaps awaken, in more ordinary funk,
a sense that they are not alone in their feelings that something must be done. SB: You’ve spoken about your vision for compassion,
could you name a specific objective, perhaps you see the world can achieve let’s say in
25 years? Then what insights and suggestions would you
offer that might address and achieve this vision, within the time frame of 25 years? Dr. Armstrong: Well, what I suppose I’d like
to see happening would be a “trans-world tunnel of people” who come together periodically
which is quite easy to do now with modern electronics and things, and come together
and who will create a body of sages, if you like. Wise people of all religious traditions, or
philosophical traditions, or secular traditions. People who think deeply and who will gain
respect because they would be people of eminence, that’s Nobel Prize winners, but who come together
instead of just going off from Stockholm back home but linking up and will address some
of the burning issues of the time. Giving an ethical voice that will make people
think, re-evaluate, and feel that they’re not perhaps awaken, in more ordinary funk,
a sense that they are not alone in their feelings that something must be done.

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