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Hassan Syed

Founder & CEO, Bir Ventures, USA

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Do you believe that our future is bright, if yes, why and if not, why not?

While looking at the trends like human health, access to knowledge, access to technology, technology growth, etc., we start believing that our future is going to be very good. On the other hand, looking at the trends like destruction of nature, speed at with we are consuming natural and environmental resources, explosion of human population, carbon in the air and climate change, etc., we think that really difficult times are ahead of us.

I am interested in knowing the sources of optimism and causes of pessimism in us.

Just to be clear, "our" means humankind :-)

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    Sep 29 2012: Hassan, We find ourselves in a slot of history that could go either way. I see stumbling block everywhere. The US lacks the diplomatic corps that we once enjoyed. Political leaders are giving lip service to national needs and concentrating on keeping their position. As if that was not bad enough ... we (US) are not getting the true news. We hear what will not damage the re-election hopes as all but one media source is firmly entrenched in the current party. We hear ten seconds on Syria and Iran and twenty minutes on the current polls and political ads. I have not heard anything on the world economy in weeks.

    Most of the worlds media is complementary to the philosophy of the reigning government. That being the case how is it that we the people will ever know the true heights and depths of our status.

    Italy, France and others are up to a 75% tax on the wealthy and the wealthy are leaving for better ports in droves. It would appear that party leaders are looking for scapegoats so they can maintain office. The current finger pointing in the US is that the rich are the cause of all of your problems. By making you believe that .. no one will seek the real problem and resolve it. Much like the misdirection a magician using when performing "magic".

    As long as people can live off of state welfare and social programs then why should they seek work. When enough people take this view then the GDP goes down and the problems begin. To give "free" service is a popular idea ... until the check comes due.

    We need leadership now more than ever. Without it our once bright future will go dim.

    All the best. Bob.
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      Sep 29 2012: I agree with you on most of the things Bob. I do think that there is a social responsibility to take care of people that are going through hardship or cannot take care of themselves because this is the basic foundation of human society. However, I do agree that people should not be allowed to take advantage of society's generosity.

      On the leadership question, do you see that kind of leadership emerging or where is the potential of such leadership development?
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        Sep 30 2012: Hassan, You are so right .... I often say that I support a habd up not a hand out. We, in the US, have created a generation of welfare families. By making these people dependent we have robbed people of dignity and work ethic

        There is nothing wrong with social programs. I do, however, feel that they be evaluated and total support should be limited to those who are indeed in need. Just as in the Purtain ethic law ... able bodied men should contribute to share in the bounties.

        Further, the times are not such to support the volume of welfare that some countries are supporting. Social programs require a stable and prosperous economy and that means workers. There are jobs available but why take them if it would reduce your lifestyle from living off of the state.

        Currently the German leader is the only one who said "if you don't change .. we will not continue to finance a failing government" to the countries of the EU. I support that. Many of the EU leaders supported the vast social give aways for voter support. Tough time require tough, and often unpopular, decisions.

        I don't see better leadership coming from the US. We will do well to stay the course. The best shot of new "great" leadership is in the EU.

        Thanks for the reply. All the best. Bob.

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