– we’re all indebted to ODT Maps for forcefully making that point. 

Today we bring you one more way to view the world – or five more if you wish. Under the title “Anyone who wants to be president needs to understand these 5 maps,” it uses visuals to make clear some of the most important realities now affecting life on the planet.

View all five, then see if you agree: what they tell us is not just for wannabe presidents.

The first one especially, The map Donald Trump doesn’t seem to understand,” is timely and revealing. On the map and in brief text you’ll see the pipeline sprawling from Alberta’s oil sands to the Gulf of Mexico; you’ll see Fort McMurray, very much in today’s news: the city where fire destroyed the homes and livelihood of an estimated 88,000 people; you’ll see where the much-discussed Keystone pipeline would go; you’ll get a fact-based story of what “the wall” to keep Mexicans out of the U.S.A. would do to businesses and people both north and south of the border. Catch the reference to climate change as well. Once those realities have registered, you’ll have a firmer grasp of some issues than several persons with sights set on high office!

At least that is the message of the author of the material. Parag Khanna is his name; Connectography: Mapping the Future Global Civilization, his new book. Born in India, he has lived also in the United Arab Emirates, Germany, England and the United States. A graduate of Georgetown University with a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics, he is now Senior Research Fellow in the Center on Asia and Globalization at the Lee Kuan School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. Earlier books include the award-winning How to Run the World.  Amazingly, he also finds time for mountain climbing and international charity work. There’s much more… but judge for yourself: click -- and have your eyes opened to a stimulating new way to see the world!