Rebels and Gardeners
Adam Gopnik's terrific essay on Voltaire in the current issue of The New Yorker reminds me of the parallels between the most enlightened rebels of our time -- the systems thinkers who are using new media to combat the world's injustices -- and the most rebellious voices from the enlightenment. Voltaire's admonishment that "we must cultivate our garden" could be the slogan for the wiki generation, which has, coincidentally, already appropriated the gardening metaphor. Were the Frenchman alive today, he would have a blog, a wiki, and a gardener in his wiki. Saith thegoodseed.