The bumpy road ahead according to Martin Walker
Renowned British journalist and world affairs authority Martin Walker addressed a crowd of 270 on Saturday February 4 at the Boca Grande community center. The world our children and grandchildren will inherit was her topic this year, her third visit as an Island Speaker with the Friends of Boca Grande Community Center. The public was under the spell.
Walker, a 28-year-old correspondent for The Guardian and head emeritus of the IPU bureau, has written numerous books on global issues, as well as a 9-book detective series featuring “Bruno”, a French policeman who is a tennis player, a wounded military veteran, a fine cook, hunter and rugby coach. Bruno’s books appear on the shelves of Boca Grande.
Neither the British vote on Brexit nor the election of Donald Trump should come as a shock, according to Walker. He sees each “as a victory of the militants over the cosmopolitans and born of the disconnection with the status quo”. The common undercurrent of these events is the escalation of change – a revolution in communication technologies, medicine, sexual relations, robotic achievements, 3D printing, as well as fluctuating national alliances, fears emerging from terrorism, financial restructuring and the dramatic growth of the population over 60. , while the under 50 demographic is shrinking.
Lighting up the picture for Americans, Walker reminded us of our potential energy independence and our natural resources. He sees educational reform as “the key to the road ahead” and insists that education must be a lifelong process.
University education is “out of date in ten years and long before university loans are paid off.” Four-year national service should be a requirement, a period in which the young adult acquires a skill, how to take and give orders, and is exposed to people from different regions and backgrounds “before returning to the ward. college class.
Education must therefore continue throughout life, keeping people informed, useful and involved until old age. In this regard, he remarked from the auditorium stage that the community center program itself “is a sign of hope, a center of lifelong learning, of public discourse, of interaction and discussion ”.
In conclusion, Walker offered a heartwarming thought on the impending route of our descendants, paraphrasing Winston Churchill: “You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing – after exhausting all possible alternatives! “
Note: Due to popular demand, Martin Walker was engaged for a return conversation with friends of Boca Grande at the Boca Grande Community Center in 2018.