Why it's worth trying to make the world more optimistic
I like the idea of a weekly roundup of optimistic news stories, and I’m fascinated by the idea of a newspaper that publishes just once a decade! It would be amazing to see what made the cut. Or is that called history?
Optimism is fueled when individuals feel the freedom to engage in the creative process that pushes innovation. Our government was built to allow the flowering of that individual freedom, but it is now being whittled away by those who want to insist that only certain improvements be approved. Government needs to let people choose what’s best, set broad guidelines, and then let the market take care of business. Too much energy is being wasted in trying to get people to act in the proscribed politically correct manner. When people feel their own creativity is valued and appreciated, only then will optimism flourish.
I've been reading you for over a year, never commented so far. This piece, in my opinion, is your best ever. Marvelous marvelous writing that just creates energy. Thank you
Thanks for spreading the optimism virus. So much healthier than the other one
Wonderful piece and a lot to think about! Think about it- no more fires on Action News @ 11!
Packy - This. Is. Awesome. Thank you. Incredibly well-timed. Just shared to all my social networks and texted to my friends. We need more of this - thank you for leading by example. :)
On the GPT-3 and Dall-E grandchildren bit: We live in a very knowledge-based society, where knowledge moves the efficient frontier of output/resources. Lots of knowledge is in the open - including stuff that used to be trade secrets decades ago - because of thought leadership, and blogs etc. NLP and knowledge graphs can go finish the job Google started but got sidetracked by ads' easy money. Just think about it - building a global supermind, but without any philosophical connotation. It is the single most exponential thing we could do.
This is a valuable reminder to zoom out and look at the bigger picture. I would definitely be interested in a weekly roundup of optimistic news.
You’d really enjoy the book “factfulness” by Hans Rosling
Optmistic journal for the world!
Example from Brazil: most of people from my social class are always complaining about taxes, corruption, lack of infrastructure blablabla,
In the meantime the Central Bank of Brazil launched an awesome payment method/strucutre called PIX that is open 24/7 and have zero cost of transfer between people and reduced cost for companys,
But nobody talks about that :)
I came thinking I was going to read about Optimism, the 2nd level blockchain that just released a coin and unique governing structure. What I got was even better. Good article! Also, would love to know your thoughts on Optimism...the blockchain...whenever you have time.
We NEED a weekly roundup of optimism!
This was phenomenal Packy. In a 24hr news cycle of doom and gloom we perceive our situation as hopeless - but the reality is that our present, and future, are incredibly bright. A few books, namely Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think and Ryan Holiday's Trust Me I'm Lying opened up my eyes to what's ACTUALLY happening around us.
Seriously great one Packy! I've been thinking and writing about the same thing, cynicism has a horrible ROI.
Much needed and accurate.
Really good one Packy.