Back on the blog shortly before Christmas - sorry for the absence, we were extremely busy building up the Eden-Institute in Vienna, Austria. Here are some thoughts, published this week by the Economist titled "onwards and upwards - why is the modern view of progress so impoverished? (Issue December 19th, p 35 - 38). I chose the following words to share with you all, because I think this is what keeps us Eden-folks going (excerpts by me): "...people yearn for a sense of moral purpose. In a world preoccupied with consumerism and petty self interest, that gives life dignity. People want to determine how the world works, not always be determined by it. It means that people's behaviour should be shaped not by who is most powerful, or by who stands to lose and gain, but by what is right despite the costs........Even if ideals are never met completely, we can make progress, it is as if you are moving towards an unattainable horizon. Human dignity requires the love of ideals for their own sake, but nothing requires that the love will be requited" ....."and every time somebody tells you to be realistic, they are asking you to compromise your ideals". This text has spoken to me deeply and I share this with all of you as we approach Christmas. Looking forward to continuing our Eden work together in the next year.