as Evolutionary Catalysts
relationship between problems and progress have continued
throughout history until this very day. Crisis have always
been the mother of invention. Take a look at life during World
War II, for example: When people had a tough time, they somehow
managed to develop new, simplier or cheaper solutions
that nobody really had thought about before.
the same time, despite all the tragedies of war, the research
& development that helped us end the World War, also helped
our scientific and technological knowhow to make a enormous
leap forward. A process which in the first few decades after
the war lead to countless civilian uses boosting both our
health, mobility and living standard.
One spin-off was the space program that sent people to the
Moon; a program which in turn also generated loads
of new spin-offs for people on Earth.
recently, many of us have been suffering from the global economic
turmoil, causing suffering and lack of funds for millions
of people. But while some prefer to merely complain about
it, others have seen it as a driver of innovation. An economic
crisis can be a business opportunity too. People will need
new services that help them manage tougher competition, or
enter new markets, or develop new innovative products.
times of crisis and challenges, we think harder and become
more innovative. We are not just continuing consuming in some
Status Quo-kind of environment, slowly stagnating in the process,
like those primeval species in the water pond. For example,
we focus more on research and development. And as a result,
in the end we will come out stronger, with bigger brains and
process is also at work, when we now once again are facing
our age-old companion, the climate change. We can't see it
now, but it will be very clear to our future decendants. Once
again, we have to evolve and think hard in order
to survive. And in that sense, I am actually welcoming the
environmental and climatological changes we are confronting
now: We will come out stronger.
have walked down this path before. And once again, we may
have to cancel doomsday. Because problems are challenges.
They generate progress. They are good for our "growing
up" as a species, for our civilization's "Coming
for our future survival and evolution in a long-term perspective...
Whether it takes place down here on Earth, or perhaps, somewhere