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By Lou Marzeles

Integrity Literacy 4: the benign cultural medium


One person can change the world.

We’ve heard that before, probably often. Sometimes the expression mutates from initial inspiration to tired platitude.

But it’s true. We’re living in a world that demonstrates how true it is, very dramatically, right now. The pandemic that has affected everyone on the planet, from America’s 1.2 million to Greenland’s 11, had to have begun with just one person. Whoever it was, he or she changed the entire world within scant months.

Well, sure, that’s an example, but that’s rare and a matter of physical contagion. When you say “One person can change the world” as an inspirational motivator, that doesn’t seem the same. What difference can...

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