Improve Yourself


Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service

In ancient times, a king walked barefoot, as it was customary at the time, to visit a neighboring town. But upon hurting his foot on a sharp stone, he ordered that all the roads in his kingdom be covered with leather.

His adviser suggested, “Why don’t Your Majesty simply cover your feet with leather?” This is how shoes are supposed to have been invented.

We all would like to improve the world and can easily do so if we start with ourselves.

‑‑ Karl Heinrich Waggerl


Dietrich Fischer (1941-2015) from Münsingen, Switzerland, got a Licentiate in Mathematics from the University of Bern 1968 and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from New York University 1976. 1986-88 he was a MacArthur Fellow in International Peace and Security at Princeton University. He has taught mathematics, computer science, economics and peace studies at various universities and been a consultant to the United Nations. He was co-founder, with Johan Galtung, of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment in 1993.

Excerpted from Dietrich Fischer’s Stories to Inspire You – TRANSCEND University Press-TUP.


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