A renowned diplomat once observed that people usually judge others by their actions and themselves by their ideals. If someone utters an untruth, we call it a lie; if it falls from our own lips, we are likely to label it “discretion.” We deem another’s failure to act a matter of neglect; our own failure we label “prudence.” In international affairs, military action is either an “act of aggression” or a “defensive action,” depending on which side you are on. Today, there seems to be a particular fondness for trying to come up with a term or expression to identify the age we live in. After the “Plastic Age” came the “Electronic Age” or the “Age of Automation” or the…
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