In the kind of tumultuous, strife-torn, and stressful world we are living in, we need to ask the questions: “Is our civilization moving in the right direction? What makes a civilization great?” Greed for power and greed for money, unless offset by a shared conception of civilizational excellence, often degenerate into widespread corruption, fraud, and violence. In developing countries like India, the challenge is to design a civilization that uses the creativity and enterprise of the market economy, the freedom of choice of democracy, and the altruism of the developmental state – to reverse degeneration and foster social, economic, and ethical regeneration. In this essay, I propose that advance towards civilizational greatness occurs when there is widespread humaneness, constructive creativity, and performance excellence. I have also identified several entry points onto the path of civilizational greatness. Though not a great power, Sweden is discussed as a major example of civilizational greatness. I show how Sweden has made notable progress towards civilizational greatness by harnessing many of the entry points.
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Khandwalla, Pradip N.
"Globalization Tumult and Civilizational Greatness,"
Markets, Globalization & Development Review:
3, Article 5.
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