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The world cries out for a 'goddess' of prosperity as woes pile up

COVID exposes global gaps, while offering chance to escape 20th century thinking

A restaurant worker holds a placard during a protest against coronavirus restrictions in Cape Town, South Africa, on July 22.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The crisis brought on by the spread of the novel coronavirus has exposed myriad problems the world had ignored, ranging from jolts to democracy, rising tensions among global powers, widening income disparities and a stagnant economy.

Looking at it in a positive way, however, this period could mark a great chance for humanity to reevaluate our values that remain stuck in 20th century thinking and revamp the way we run our lives and economies to tackle what seems at present to be endless chaos.

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