Putting the Power of Self-Knowledge to Work [New York Times]

 

David Bornstein, journalist and author on positive social change, describes the work of the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) medical and social change movement, in this article, which references ACEsConnection and the Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) network, of which Philadelphia is part. Read below for thought-provoking commentary: "Putting the Power of Self-Knowledge to Work."

"Thirty years ago, the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Doris Lessing gave a series of lectures, later published in a book, 'Prisons We Choose to Live Inside,' in which she reflected on the brutality in the world and asked how individuals and societies could evolve into something better.

It’s a sobering book, but Lessing is hopeful — and her main source of hope stems from the capacity of human beings to study themselves and learn from their own behavior. 'I think when people look back at our time, they will be amazed at one thing more than any other,' she writes. 'It is this — that we do know more about ourselves now than other people did in the past, but that very little of this knowledge has been put into effect.' "

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