In the last chapter, Friedman goes into a more motivational tone. I was moved by it. This passage especially challenged the way that I see our United Methodist denomination:
"Analysts have always tended to measure a sociey by classical economic and social statistics: its deficit-to-GDP ratio, or its unemployment rate, or the rate of literacy among adult women. Such statistics are important and revealing. But there is another statistic, much harder to meausure, that I think is even more important and revealing: Does your society have more memories than dreams or more dreams than memories?Questions I'm thinking about:
"By dreams I mean the positive, life-affirming variety. The business organization consultant Michael Hammer once remarked, 'One thing that tells me a company is in trouble is when they tell me how good they were in the past. Same with countries. You don't want to forget your identity. I am glad you were great in the fourteenth century, but that was then and this is now. When memories exceed dreams, the end is near. The hallmark of a truly successful organization is the willingness to abandon what made it successful and start fresh.'" (pp.450-451)
- Does the United Methodist denomination have more memories than dreams?
- Are we willing to abandon what made us successful and start afresh? Would that be faithful?
- How can we be faithful to our DNA and move into this new global community with zeal?
- Is the itineracy what made us successful in the past (allowed us to move west and plant a church in nearly every town in North America)? Is that one thing that we need to abandon in order to start afresh?