The good (or bad?) thing about living in Marbella is that you have plenty of time to think. Here are a few thoughts on my mind these days:
- I just reviewed a text on the industrial revolution as part of my son´s homework. One of the pre-conditions to the revolution was the perception by the British people at the time that success could come from their efforts. Have too many people lost this perception in Europe, just when we are in the midst of a new technological revolution?
- I like the idea of measuring a country well-being by a coefficient of happiness instead of GDP per capita. See the results of a worldwide happiness study. If you rank countries according to people´s daily experience, the happiest are Panama, Paraguay, Iceland, Indonesia….
- French are word champions of pessimism (see worldwide poll). 61% think that 2011 will be a difficult financial year vs 28% on average in the rest of the world (22% in Germany, 41% in Italy, 48% in Spain et 52% in the UK). 37% of French people think their personal situation will worsen. It places France in the top 5 most pessimistic countries in front of Irak and Afghanistan.
- The reliance of French people on the State structures may explain this pessimism. Too many people may have given up a large control of their life to a model that shows its limitations.
- “The best way to predict your future is to create it” – Peter Drucker
- Why can´t I find a translation of Atlas Shrugged in French?
- I have never believed much in conspiracy theories, but why do I get the increasing feeling that our governments have too much to hide from us?
- Is wikileaks bringing to light the fact that much of the free press is superficial and self-censored?
- Despite inevitable shortcomings, are the USA still the best example of freedom of expression in the world?
- Is the major failure of our educational system that it prepares children to fit in a society of the past, and does not help them create their own future?
- Why is our educational system almost exclusively oriented towards working for a corporation, as opposed to working for oneself? Too little place is given to teach entrepreneurial spirit in schools and universities.
- Have political correctness and zero-risk tolerance gone too far?
- When I was in Ukraine in the early 90´s, I witnessed how the Soviet people experienced a revolution in personal values. This was profound and touched the core of a person´s beliefs. Sometimes I have the feeling that we are experiencing something similar in the West (although of minor proportions). So many established truths are being challenged. Either that, or I am getting older and my view of the world is changing….
Reading back this post, I concluded I definitely have too much time on my hands to think. Time to start a new venture.