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10 Reasons Why the Future Will be Amazing

by Joe Jarvis, The Daily Bell:

Imagine if a third of your family died of the plague as religious fanatics preached “The end is nigh!” and threatened that the few pleasures you could squeeze out of life would lead to your eternal damnation. As wars raged around you, surrounded by death, disease, and the lowest grimy depths of poverty, it would be understandable to think the world was in the midst of an apocalyptic collapse.

There have been a lot of periods throughout history when people thought they were living during the end times, and for some, this was an understandable attitude. But what about the person who tweets that the world is going to hell while safely sipping a latte on a city avenue? In many ways, things have never been better, yet there is still so much pessimism about where the world is heading.

It’s not all the fault of the negative people. There are those who dedicate their careers to making sure the population stays angry, stressed and scared–we call them the media. I admit to being a part of the problem at times out of my failure to balance alerting readers to real dangers and giving breath to needless anxiety.

Of course, there are some things that need to be addressed in order to make sure human lives continue to improve. But already progress is overwhelming. All you need to do is look around to realize that we have a historically unrivaled ability to shape our lives to match our dreams.

As penance for any past negativity about the future on my part, here are 10 reasons to be excited and hopeful for the future. 1o ways that we are not on the edge of a cliff, but at the foot of a glorious mountain of prosperity.

1. The Democratization of Exponential Technology.

Technology is allowing anyone to be economically independent, and its rapid growth is paving the way for unprecedented access to freedom and wealth.

Democratizing technology means the masses now have access to what only the rich and powerful once controlled.

Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler describe this process in their book Bold, about creating wealth in a changing world. They reference a chart that shows how technologies develop, from an initial idea which only a few understand, to excitement when the public catches on, to disillusionment when people realize it’s not ready yet for mass adoption, and finally to a user interface that allows the technology to be widely adopted by non-experts.

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8 comments to 10 Reasons Why the Future Will be Amazing

  • Ed_B

    “But what about the person who tweets that the world is going to hell while safely sipping a latte on a city avenue? In many ways, things have never been better, yet there is still so much pessimism about where the world is heading.”

    That’s already been written about. It starts with… “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”. The difference in such scenarios depends upon the wealth of the individual. If one has wealth, then one can live well despite what is happening to others who do not have wealth and are condemned to a life of want and misery. This is but ONE of the reasons why it is better to be rich than poor. The good news is that there are many ways in which one can be “rich”. I have thought many times that if I did not have any money, I would still be rich in having my family. Fortunately, I also have plenty of money on which to live comfortably. This IS the best of times, indeed. 😀

    • Eric

      There are many way in which one can be “rich” Ed.

      Real Skills
      Real Friends
      Real Assets.

      Chris was onto something there.

      Mankind was meant to live in abundance. Not luxury.

      • Craig Escaped Detroit

        @Eric, well put…’abundance, not luxury’.

        I have enough abundance to live without being a cramped, poverty stricken hermit. I have the luxury of a low, annual cost of living.

        I just ran ALL my numbers for car insurance/oil/gas, house taxes, annual food costs, utilities/phone & internet, a little bit of spending money each month and $1300/yr for unknown car & house repairs, all adds up to about $9000/yr.

        Being able to pay for all the normal expenses with less than $800/month is an amazing luxury. If I boost that number up to $10k, it just makes things a bit sweeter. So many people are paying $9000/yr just for house taxes utilities. It’s easy to blow $15/day just on food = $5500. If I eat out a lot, then my $200/month food bill jumps up and can add another hundred or two.

        I’ve got my “victory garden” (or should I say… “Venezuela Garden”). I want to be able to eat well, even if the grocery stores are all empty or nearly so.

        If (when) the SHTF, and our pensions, jobs, & social security (and EBT) are all gone, then we’ll all be living on a lot less income (or NO income).

        I’ve got a sturdy bicycle (mountain bike knockoff), but it’s not the best choice for living in a “grid down”, long term situation. If I have to “bike-it” into town (10 miles each way), during times when groceries are available, but car travel is not…then I’d prefer to have a 3-wheeled bike (with cargo basket) and a small motor drive-kit to assist on that long ride with a load of groceries.

        Even if I was less than 30yrs old, the chances of falling over with a 2-wheeled bike and 40 pounds of groceries is not nice. But I’m over 60, and a trike will allow a tired old man with a load of groceries to make the long trip without crashing the bike.

        I think I could still live pretty well, on as little as $2500/yr (paying house tax & electricity) and a bit of food money, and growing the garden intensely.

        Solar power is always a good idea if there is no income to pay for utilities or if the grid is gone.

        Having the confidence of a good food supply, a bit of PM stacks, good (safe) location etc. is a luxury that gives me peace of mind and confidence of a less worrisome future.

        Looking to the future, yesterday I just planted 16 more corn-stalk seedlings, several water melon vines, several climbing beans along the fence, and 6 tomato plants (cherry tomatoes). Still have more open space to plant things.
        Going to be doing more “high density” foods (broccoli, cabbage, squash, and maybe even a few turnips).

        I want things that give good calorie count per square foot of space, and also pretty easy to store or can.
        The thing I like about cherry tomatoes, is that it’s hard for a bird or bug to destroy all the tomatoes too easily. Yes, I’ll grow some full sized ones too.

        • Eric

          Craig, I wish you could see the greenhouse my neighbor gave me. Only cost me 1 can of beer. It’s a piece of crap but fit perfectly into the limited space I have. Just tied one of those old blue tarps over the top (I’ll find something better eventually) and instant sun blocker.

          Should help a lot.

          Wish the cost of living in California was lower. But I also wish there weren’t so many morons. They cheap out on the important stuff like what goes in your body but always have to have to biggest most expensive toy with 4 wheels.

          Got dragged to KFC the other day. If you want to eat pure garbage for $5, that is definitely the place to go.

          • Craig Escaped Detroit

            Got me some PVC (electrical spec) pipes for constructing a “hoop house”. When I get to it, it will measure about 10-12ft wide & 25-30ft long. I’ll put it over part of my garden, and cover the sunny side with that swimming pool solar “bubble wrap” (clear) plastic sheet. I’ve got a brand new roll of 16ft X 32ft and it’s 16 mils! (7yr warranty or better).

            The bubble wrap holds more heat on those winter nites. (put the bubbles facing INSIDE because they are made of much thinner plastic).

            Those hoop houses (youtube videos) are pretty easy to make.
            1.5″ electrical PVC for the hoops, and 2″ for the short pieces you put in the soil as “sockets” to hold the 1.5″ X 10ft PVC. (the electrical grade has UV inhibitors so it won’t degrade in the sunshine.)

            • Eric

              Good stuff Craig.

              A lot of things can be done with PVC. I have some leftover mister double female sockets I might lace up from the sprinklers to go over the greenhouse which will add support from the wind and keep it nice and irrigated and cool. PVC is pretty amazing stuff if you got the time and patience to figure it out and find just the right parts. It’s cheap and effective and easy to fix if it breaks.

              Just be careful with the Red Hot Blue Glue. You don’t want that shit on your hands and if you do you want to get it off right away since it dries so fast. And don’t forget to give the pipe a 1/4 twist when gluing to give it a nice seal.

              When I bought this house, none of the sprinklers or PVC was glued together so I had to dig up the yard everywhere and redo it all. lol.

              I have come to the conclusion that there are very few people left on this planet that have much grey matter still left upstairs.

  • Eric

    I have to wonder if this guy is on reefer madness. I don’t think beer getting better is going to make the future amazing. And I’m pretty sure everything won’t be free in the future. He makes some good points but it makes me think he lives in a pretty isolated bubble on his own. I was hoping he would write about robots doing all our chores and flying cars to park in the garage in our very near future. These 10 reasons are not why the future will be amazing. The future will be amazing after everyone has hit rock bottom and has nowhere to go but up. We are nowhere near that yet.

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