One of the exciting things about living in the 21st century is seeing all of the possibilities that human beings have been able to realize and recognizing that there are often going to be more opportunities for human beings to continue progress. Over the last few decades human beings have been able to refine technologies that can confirm DNA evidence and transform the way that mass communications operates through technologies like the mobile phone and the software that enables interaction on social networks like Twitter or Instagram. All of these developments have laid a foundation upon which a new generation of technologists, researchers, programmers and scientists can build work that will open up even more possibilities for human beings in the future. These developments have made life much more efficient, connected people to more opportunities for education and even created new job opportunities for people who have a whole new range of skillsets.
Technology and science are incredibly exciting but in order for human beings to be able to take advantage of all of the opportunities that these new advancements have brought open societies must exist. According to the businessman and philanthropist George Soros an open society is a society in which its participants understand that there is no one fundamental truth and that human beings necessarily understand the world in a variety of different ways. It is a society that focuses on protecting the rights of the people that live in it and ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to live in a world that is just and equitable. According to an article that George Soros wrote for the political magazine The Atlantic in 1997 the term of open society was originated by Henri Bergson and further expounded upon by Karl Popper in a book that is known as The Open Society and its Enemies.
Soros discovered the book of Open Society and its Enemies during his youth in Europe during a time when societies like his native country Hungary were falling victim to authoritarian regimes. In his article for The Atlantic George Soros posited that even though creating a truly open society is an elusive goal that people should continue to pursue it because when they do they often make so much progress in its pursuit.George Soros’ way of pursuing and creating an open society has been to use the personal wealth that he built on Wall Street to create a large network of philanthropic institutions across the globe that are known as the Open Society Foundations. According the Open Society Foundations’ website of George Soros’ work via the Open Society Foundations has enabled him to contribute to important causes such as supporting the education of minorities who were living under the reign of apartheid in South Africa.