No Future?

culture Sep 17, 2019

There was an article in the New Yorker magazine a couple of years ago called, Doomsday prep for the super-rich. It was one of a slew of articles that have emerged in various media outlets over the past couple of years that have addressed the ways in which even the incredibly wealthy among us are feeling a certain anxiety about the future. 

It’s difficult to avoid all the crisis talk that fills the airwaves: climate change, debt, food deserts, clean water, masses of discarded plastic filling the oceans, populism nationalism, racism, shootings, stabbings, the list goes on and on. And apparently it is not just the poor and the middle-class who are feeling the pressures and concerns of all this, we all seem to have lost sight of the future. 
I am old enough to remember when there was still an enthusiasm for the future, when it heralded a better life, a better world for all. That seems like such a long time ago now. Somewhere along the way we seem to have...
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The Ice Cream Index

culture Aug 12, 2019

Zopa is one of the many online money-lending companies that is championing peer-to-peer loans to help people avoid high interest loans from institutional banks and regain financial stability and move towards debt-free living. It bills itself as the Feel Good Money company, and while its focus has been on online lending, it is moving towards becoming a physical bank offering new approaches to banking. The company does a lot of research to determine what people really need when it comes to financial issues and recently conducted a survey called the Ice Cream Index.

Taking cues from social media, which tend to celebrate aspirational luxury lifestyles and living, the company wanted to discover what people really thought would bring them happiness. They asked Britons to consider 100 summertime spends and give them a happiness rating out of a 1000. The scores were calculated against the cost of the items to reveal the list of summer feel good items.

The results were quite...

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Unavoidable and Unpredictable

culture Apr 09, 2019
“One became great by expecting the possible, 
another by expecting the eternal, 
but he who expected the impossible became greatest of all.”
Søren Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling
Kierkegaard famously said that the great person is the one who expects the impossible. This statement begs the question of how exactly one expects what is essentially beyond the realm of expectation? 
In our online Spiritual Entrepreneur class we discussed the relation between the unavoidable and the unpredictable. The unavoidable, is the world we all see coming, usually characterized by what is no longer working and the inevitably of decline. It’s the statistics we all know and read about; the future of faith, the decline of denominations, the loss of church attendees, the rise of the nones and the spiritual but non-aligned and so on. In his book, The Inevitable, Kevin Kelly outlines twelve technological trends that will shape the future in...
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