“Natural selection will not remove ignorance from future generations.”
– Richard Dawkins
“Where am I going?”
Our fear is always about our future! All our fear is about what might happen, not, what has happened! It has been said the four fundamental questions of life are: Who am I? Why am I here? Where did I come from? and Where am I going?
It is the last one, the one about our future, Where am I going?, which is often the most fear laden and so, actually bothers many of us, the most of all. Late at night and in the early dawn, our thoughts can go to these supposedly dark places.
Some research suggests we all have to plan to live for, at least 100 years. A few years back, National Geographic has a cover shot of an infant who they said would live to be 100.
Today, there are over 6,000 Canadian, 60,000 Japanese and 90,000 American centenarians…people over a hundred years old. Centenarians are the fastest growing age demographic at present, globally. So, it looks like many will have a longer future than any of our ancestors.
“He co founded the company that made the world’s first synthetic life form.”
Then, what does our future hold. What are the people who focus on the future, focus on what we are learning, say, about what our future holds for us? If you want to know…if you want an educated, insightful look into our miraculous future, then check out Juan Enriques’ Ted Talk, “The age of genetic wonder!”
Juan Enrique is the Founding Director of the Life Sciences Project at Harvard Business School (HBS), Enrique is also a fellow of Harvard’s Centre for International Affairs. His work has been published in the Harvard Business Review, Foreign Policy, Science, and The New York Times.
Enrique is the author of many books, including Evolving Ourselves: How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation are Changing Life on Earth, Homo Evolutis: Please Meet the Next Human Species, As the Future Catches You: How Genomics & Other Forces are Changing Your Life, Work, Health & Wealth, and The United States of America: Polarization, Fracturing, and Our Future.
He works in business, science, and domestic/international politics. A broad thinker, Juan bridges disciplines to build a coherent look ahead. He co founded the company that made the world’s first synthetic life form.
I dare you to watch it and not be interested, excited and less fearful, about your future.
Let me know what your thoughts are on his insights and vision.
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X, activist