Nili posted a nice comment to one of my previous articles (“How to Stop Earthquakes“), and it got me to thinking…
Have you seen this youtube clip by CK Lewis? If not, you should definitely watch it: very funny and also–as good comedy can be–very insightful.
Why don’t we appreciate the huge advances our civilization has made in the past few decades? I’ve been reading about microprocessors lately; you can buy a Arduino microprocessor for $35 that has the same computing power as what NASA used to put astronauts on the moon.
A friend of mine, Lama Marut, describes them as “technical siddhis.” For example, Buddhism states that it’s possible to be omniscient. You. Omniscient. Do you think it’s possible? If not, I have two words for you: “Google it.”
Ah, but you say, that’s not a true siddhi, a true power, because you need a device to use it. Two more words for you. So what.
Can a person born 20, 30, 40 years ago even have imagined that today we would have the technological means to provide the entire world, free of charge, more information than you can digest on any possible subject?
And is that an accident?
We say that the world is changing, in many amazingly magnificent ways. Ways un-dreamed of by people born on this planet even a generation ago.
What does that have to do with business you say? (“I thought this was a business blog!”)
Everything. It has everything to do with business. Check the list of the wealthiest people in the world: of the top 5 wealthiest people in the world, 2 of them got there by making money in fields that didn’t exist 40 years ago (Bill Gates and Larry Ellison). (And a third, Carlos Slim–the Mexican telecommunications magnate–his field doesn’t go back much further.)
When Geshe Michael teaches that anything is possible, all you have to do is plant the seeds–do you believe him? Why not? At least Bill Gates and Larry Ellison do.
PS I read a lot of science fiction nowadays, for several reasons, but one reason is that yesterday’s science fiction is today’s science fact. If you’re interested, read up on how we’re making progress in developing the first bionic eye.