The End of Extreme Poverty

Two books that I’ve recently had the pleasure of reading, The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil and The End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs, both make claims that extreme poverty could end within 20 years. Both authors are highly-esteemed and world renown in their fields (Kurzweil in technology and Sachs in economics), and both provide reliable and well-researched data to support their viewpoints. Both are very optimistic about the possibilities that are ahead.

While it is of the utmost importance to stay positive and optimistic in everything in life, the promise of peace and a better world will not come naturally. We will need to work to ensure our world will only get better. Thomas Jefferson wrote “The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.” So too is the the price of peace.

Two things that threaten a bright future for all life are war and totalitarianisms. War could lead to the end of life as we know it due to powerful new weapons. Totalitarianism could lead to stagnation as those in charge do nothing but stay in charge.

It is up to us, the present day humans, to actively struggle for peace, and to actively combat the concentration of power in order to ensure a better life for ourselves and all others in the future. Stay strong. Do not be afraid. Together, we will make it happen.

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