While the headlines are really bad in the world today, the trend lines are pretty good. Extreme poverty is down. Health care is improving dramatically around the world. There are developments which make me believe we might be able to do what we did in the 90s which is use technological developments to create more jobs than we lose. For the last few months, for the first time in literally more than a decade, 40 percent of the new jobs have been in higher wage categories.
We’re lucky to be here, living in amazing times.
In the book Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think, author and X Prize founder Peter Diamandis makes his case that the standard of living of the majority of the world’s population can be raised to a level in which everyone’s basic needs are met within the next twenty-five years.
Also Bill Gates blogged about this book, we’ll be able to meet and exceed the needs of every person in the world, through technology, innovation, and philanthropy. — Innovation Can Help Meet Basic Human Needs
Listen to following TEDtalk from TED2012 by Peter Diamandis to know more about his idea, here he makes a case for optimism — that we’ll invent, innovate and create ways to solve the challenges that loom over us. “I’m not saying we don’t have our set of problems; we surely do. But ultimately, we knock them down.”
I want to end this blog with following line, as I believe we can not have abundance without it:
“Gratitude for the abundance you have received is the best insurance that the abundance will continue” — Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)