A Time for Choices, Part 1: Post 9/11, A New Cycle with Terry Tempest Williams, Harlan Cleveland, Marianne Williamson, Sharif Abdullah, Robert Fuller and Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

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“The age of the leaders has come and gone. Every person must be their own leader now. You must remove your projection, and contain the spirit of our time in your own life and your own nature because to go the old way and follow your leader is a form of psychological imprisonment.” The words of the late Sir Laurens van der Post, statesman, military leader, philosopher, and native born South African.

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It is an extraordinary time. The tragic events of September 11, 2001 have propelled us all into a new cycle of our personal, national and global lives. It will never be the same. There is no “normal” to get back to. Life is in this country is changed forever and it seems clear that we have entered an era where new questions need to be asked, because there are no easy answers or quick fixes. Our relationship to the “other” needs to be re-examined. Is it us and them? Or is it just us? Here on the same planet together?

           This is the territory we’re exploring on this program, with guests:

  • Terry Tempest Williams author of Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert (Pantheon 2001)
  • Harlan Cleveland served as Assistant Secretary of State, U.S. Ambassador to NATO, and was first Dean of the Hubert Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs, recipient of the U.S. Medal of Freedom, and author of Birth of a New World;
  • Marianne Williamson, minister and author of The Healing of America (Simon & Schuster 1997)
  • Sharif Abdullah, Director of the Common Way Institute, and author of Creating a World that Works for All (Berrett-Koehler 1999)
  • Robert Fuller, physicist, former president of Oberlin College. Author of many books,his website is Breaking Ranks: With All Due Respect. 
  • Thomas Gumbleton, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit

 Host: Michael Toms   Interview Date: 10/12/2001   Program Number: 2891