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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: great question! thanks Hassan.
    I agaree with Kuldip Singh that the world is chaning for the better - and it is doing so rapidly. We do not notice it when we read, listen to or watch the news. We do notice it however, when we talk to individuals, when we realise how many people are becoming aware of the challenge and its solutions!
    when, 25 - 30 years ago, I talked about the then called 'new age' ideas, people rolled their eyes, saying oh, it's Christina again with her far out phantasy ideas. these ideas about the importance of self- responsibility, meditation, spiritual awarness are becoming main stream in many areas.
    I see the earth quakes, floods, forest fires, storms etc as a way of cleansing by Earth; it is like when humans have hives or a fever to bring awareness thata something is amiss, as well as a cleansing of the body/earth.
    and look at al the corporations whose unsavoury acts are being uncovered - we are on aa good path - adn we do need to expand until we reach the critical mass. Everyone counts!
    • Sep 30 2012: Christina- thank you for the thumbs up.
      A little over 4 decades ago,I read in the Reader's Digest.A reporter asked Mr.Rockefeller,who at that time was the richest man in the world, " How much money is enough?" Mr.Rockefeller replied," Just a little bit more."
      It all boils down to contentment.The problems the world is facing,be it climate change,materialism,over population,etc will be solved by the law of nature.This includes the materialistic world being replaced by a spiritual world.This will happen when the Spiritual Leaders of all the World's religions rise and take control of the World.
      The first Guru of the Sikh religion, Guru Nanak Dev Ji was asked,"Who is higher,a Hindu or a Muslim?" Guru Nanak Dev Ji replied,"It is not a question of Hindu or Muslim.It all depends one one's actions or karma.Whose action is pure is deemed to be higher."
      Karma is defined as being similar to Newton's Third Law- For every action,there is an equal and opposite reaction.
      In the Bhagwad Gita,Lord Krishna says that we cannot live in this World without acquiring karma.He further went on to say that at all times, we should always strive to acquire good karma.
      Hence I am confident the future is indeed very bright.
      • Sep 30 2012: I agree with just about everything you say, except: we cannot wait for the spiritual leaders to take control ( actually I do beleive that spiritual leadership is NOT about control...) we need to realise that each and everyone of us is personally responsible for his or her thoughts, actions and emotions.....that is where we need to head - enjoying ourselves on the journey does help :-)
        • Oct 1 2012: Less than 5 minutes ago: I totally agree with you when you said," we need to realise that each and everyone of us is personally responsible for his or her thoughts, actions and emotions."
          Having said that,we do need Spiritual Leaders to show us how.
          From Wikipedia, Jesus Christ did say, "Pearls before swine" and "casting pearls" refer to a quotation from Matthew 7:6 "Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces." in Jesus, Sermon on the Mount, implying that scriptural truth or knowledge (pearls) should not be put in front of people (or in this case, swine) who do not appreciate their value.
          Therefore it is a question of timing.Christians have been praying,
          " Thy Will be done,
          on Earth,
          as it is in Heaven."
          When The Almighty establishes His Will on Earth,believe you me, all the wheeler dealers,lobbyists, pedophiles,what have you -they all will rue their actions.
          Also, yes Spiritual Leadership is not about control.It is about leadership in action,through thought,word and deed.

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