Despite all of the talk about how life changes and advances, Robert Kaplan argues that the world is pretty much the same world it was 3,000 years ago. It's a violent world, one where the strong survive and the weak are crushed. The best Chinese and Greek philosophers would have no trouble understanding or navigating the modern world — because the same basic forces at play today were the same issues faced by societies millennia ago.
In addition, Kaplan argues that the modern notion of a moral conquest is a far-off dream. Real leadership requires putting aside the Christian ethic of sacrifice and taking on a more pagan perspective. This hour, Robert Kaplan shares his view of the modern world.
Robert Kaplan, foreign correspondent for more than twenty years and author of many books, including "Warrior Politics: Why Leadership Demands a Pagan Ethos"
This program aired on January 7, 2002.