The people who control the condition in which we live have no reason to think beyond more than the next five or 10 years.
When we think of the major threats to our national security, the first to come to mind are nuclear proliferation, rogue states and global terrorism. But another kind of threat lurks beyond our shores, one from nature, not humans - an avian flu pandemic.
We must exchange the philosophy of excuse - what I am is beyond my control for the philosophy of responsibility.
It's essential to distinguish between events that are really beyond your control and events you caused yourself.
Before we had airplanes and astronauts, we really thought that there was an actual place beyond the clouds, somewhere over the rainbow. There was an actual place, and we could go above the clouds and find it there.