With the nearing close of the first decade of the twenty-first century, the state of the world is far from healthy. Environmental degradation, economic malaise, cultural disjuncture, political isolation, and social strife all threaten the stability and future of life as we know it. Responses to these problems have taken different approaches and will undoubtedly yield different outcomes over time; however, all share in the recognition for the need to repair. Repair and reparation are old responses to that which is damaged, broken or dysfunctional yet the global nature of today’s challenges is unprecedented. Each discipline and profession has an ethical if not moral obligation to confront these challenges through thoughtful reflection and decisive action.
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Image: William Hogarth, Finis or, the Tail Piece.-The Bathos &c. Hogarth’s satirical view of the destruction of the world and all within it, 1764. (Collection, Frank Matero)