Friday, June 24, 2005

Look the other way

Its not because of protestors and dire pessimistic rhethoric that the world will increasingly only become a better and better place. It is, in part, because people, generally (and certainly in MANY specific cases), don't expect it to.

There may be a few stand out events in the next 10 years that clearly show this positive change. But generally it will be marginal. And you will have to look the other way to find it. That is the key point. The people making this positive change happen aren't even necessarily trying to make it happen. Or, really, their not looking for attention out of it.

Here is an example of what I am talking about:

"The reason we're allocating dollars to this sector is we think we can deliver attractive returns," said Ehrenpreis, who also serves as co-chairman of the advisory board of the Cleantech Venture Network. "It's not because we want to do great things for the environment or great things for the world," though he adds that that is a "great byproduct."

Technological advances and the general march of progress are at work in ever increasing ways. Todays 'pitfalls' lead to tomorrow's advances, just as today's advances have come from prior less sophisticated things.

Optimism springs eternal among those who just believe in it.


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