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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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    The blogger replied, “No, the world will not come to an end in 2012, but the world as we know it will cease to exist.”
    I take this to mean that wars,bigotry,religious extremism,financial greed,quarreling politicians serving themselves,etc will end.
    If materialism were to cease,spiritualism must take its place.
    In the light of the recent uproar re Innocence of Muslims - many years ago I asked my Spiritual Master," All the chaos in the World,who is responsible?" The Master replied, " 2 classes of people who live by the philosophy of divide and rule- one is politicians and the other preachers."
    I think the world is about to find out that the Almighty is indeed All Mighty.

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