I'm still writing the occasional post for the blog about the books my faith-and-science reading group are reading. The latest book was Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think by Peter H Diamandis and Steven Kotler. Here's an extract of my thoughts:
‘What is abundance?’ It is, according to the Oxford English Dictionary:
(1) A large quantity, plenty; occas. a large number. (2) Overflowing state or condition; superfluity; plentifulness. (3) Affluence, wealth. (4) The relative quantity or number (of a plant, a substance, etc.)
It’s (4) I tend to think of as the most important in thinking about how humanity exists in the future. Understanding what it would mean for all to have abundance, which the authors argue is a future possibility, means understanding it in relation to what we think it is to have enough.
The authors define it like this:
“Perhaps a better way to edge towards a definition of abundance is to start with what I am not talking about. I am not talking about Trump Towers, Mercedes-Benz, and Gucci. Abundance is not about providing everyone on the planet with a life of luxury – rather it’s about providing all with a life of possibility. To be able to live such a life requires having the basics covered and then some. It also requires stanching some fairly ridiculous bleeding. Feeding the hungry, providing access to clean water, ending indoor air pollution, and wiping out malaria … is a must. But ultimately abundance is about creating a world of possibility: a world were everyone’s days are spent dreaming and doing, not scrapping and scraping”
It’s hard to disagree with this, but… how? Or more particularly, How does this happen without the current gap between rich and poor being sustained into the future?
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