"The 20th century will be chiefly remembered by future generations not as an era of political conflicts or technical inventions, but as an age in which human society dared to think of the welfare of the whole human race as a practical objective."
-- Arnold Toynbee
My corrolary to that idea is that the 21st century will be remembered as the era when moved to the next step and actually began achieving the welfare of the whole human race.
I've been thinking about Bruce Mau's Massive Change project for awhile now and after listening to a speech of his (courtesy of the awesome IT Conversations website) I'm going to go find the book for the project this weekend. I recommend it for anyone who connects with the statements above in any way. Especially if you don't believe it's possible to think about improving the lot of the entire human race, the Massive Change project will give you some food for thought.