Can humans change the way they behave, or does history repeat itself endlessly, with humans forever condemned to re-enact past tragedies without changing anything except the décor? Is . Hitler in 1938 did something similar to what Putin is doing with Sudeti where, as in Ukrain according to the dicator opinion, a minority of German population was oppressed by the majority of Czechoslovaks. Hitler, as now Putin, promised that, if the Society of Nations would have allowed him to annex Sudeti to Germany no further expansion would have happened, nor war. In the movie “Munich, the edge of war”, the story is well described. The UK prime minister allowed Sudeti’s annex, in the following year Poland was invaded and we all know how it went.
The lesson learnt after WW2 led all the nations, Harari says, to avoid war as an expansion tool :” In recent decades “peace” has come to mean “the implausibility of war”. For many countries, being invaded and conquered by the neighbours has become almost inconceivable. I live in the Middle East, so I know perfectly well that there are exceptions to these trends. But recognising the trends is at least as important as being able to point out the exceptions. The “new peace” hasn’t been a statistical fluke or hippie fantasy. It has been reflected most clearly in coldly-calculated budgets. In recent decades governments around the world have felt safe enough to spend an average of only about 6.5% of their budgets on their armed forces, while spending far more on education, health care and welfare.
Putin’s aggression has reopened the Pandora box of History, letting the evil reappear on Hearth, after 7 decades of peace. Differently with what the Society of Nations did, if we want to close the box again, a strong cohesive democratic reaction to the aggression has to happen to, in Harari’s words, stop the “law of the jungle” not allowing any leader who chooses to conquer a neighbour to get a special place in humanity’s memory. Putin will go down in history as the man who ruined our greatest achievement. Just when we thought we were out of the jungle, he pulled us back in.
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Here with my last team: Eleonora Bernasconi Federica Borla Davide Banfi Dario Talarico Alessandro Perico Carlo Bani Dario Canetta Alessandro Pupella ermanno milani
The only limit is the sky....but the sky has no limits
In wishing you all the best for your new role and after so many years with Novartis, let me reflect on the path of renewal that you and your team have taken in the company.
I will always carry with me:
Your dreaded sometimes ironic challenge the alleged “absolute certainties”.
The challenge of keeping an open mind on possible business solutions.
Your expertise that has evolved over time on different areas and in particular on the issues of digital and innovation.
The ambition of wanting to leave a tangible mark in the world of pharma.
The “happy CFO” …. positive thinking and climate and fun in achieving goals.
The ability to identify talents who now lead world-class roles in the pharmaceutical industry
Finally we all envied the cohesion and strength of the Novartis financial team.
These words from actor Anthony Hopkins suggested by Kimberley Stefansky:
Let go of people who aren't ready to love you.
This is the hardest thing you will ever have to do in your life and it will also be the most important thing.
Stop having difficult conversations with people who don’t want to change.
Stop showing up for people who have no interest in your presence.
I know your instinct is to do everything you can to gain the appreciation of those around you, but it's an impulse that steals your time, energy, mental and physical health.
When you start fighting for a life with joy, interest and commitment, not everyone will be ready to follow you to that place.
That doesn't mean you have to change who you are, it means you have to let go of people who aren't ready to be with you.
If you are excluded, insulted, forgotten or ignored by the people you give your time to, you are not doing yourself a favor by continuing to offer them your energy and your life.
Truth is, you're not for everyone and not everyone is for you.
This is what makes it so special when you find people that you have friendship or love matched.
You will know how precious it is because you've experienced what it isn't.
There are billions of people on this planet and a lot of them you will find at your level of interest and commitment.
Maybe if you stop showing up, they won't look for you.
Maybe if you stop trying, the relationship ends.
Maybe if you stop texting, your phone will stay dark for weeks.
That doesn't mean you ruined the relationship, it means the only thing that was holding it was the energy that only you gave to keep it.
That's not love, that's attachment.
It's giving a chance to those who don't deserve it!
You deserve so much more.
The most valuable thing you have in your life is your time and energy as both are limited.
The people and things you give your time and energy to, will define your existence.
When you realize this you start to understand why you’re so anxious when you spend time with people, activities or spaces that don’t suit you and shouldn’t be near you.
You’ll start to realize that the most important thing you can do for yourself and everyone around you, is to protect your energy more fiercely than anything else.
Make your life a safe haven, in which only people "compatible" with you are allowed.
You are not responsible for saving anyone.
It's not your responsibility to convince them to improve.
It's not your job to exist for people and give them your life!
You deserve real friendships, true commitments, and complete love with healthy, prosperous people.
Deciding to distance yourself from harmful people, will give you the love, esteem, happiness and protection you deserve.