[quote="Pandora"]What is driving human progress? Is it fear? Is it deep seated self-love? Maybe self-pity? A sense of pride and confidence? Is it greed? Why are humans so restless? Where are we rushing to, or what are we running away from? Why is there never enough
World population and world population growth rates may point to some answers.
Karen Armstrong's opening sentence in her book "The Great Transformation" is ... "Perhaps every generation believes that it has reached a turning point in history, but our problems seem particularly intractable and our future increasingly uncertain. Many of our difficulties mask a deeper spiritual crisis."
Using the SWAG analysis technique, one could make compelling arguments that one generation in particular may become known as the most prolific change agent in human history ... the generation known as the "baby boomers". Of course, one must also admit that the fruit was ripe for the picking.
1) Let me suggest a time frame for the generation known as the 'baby boomers' ... birth only ... 1946 to 1976. Perhaps 30 years is a bit long for a single generation ... for the SWAG technique it's acceptable.
2) Here the scope for the baby boomer generation is global versus the more common reference to the USA.
3) Much of this generation will still be with us for another 15-30 years.
The world's population between 1946 and 1976 ... grew about 1.7 billion ... a staggering 75%.
The red line in the following graph speaks volumes ... more graphs and data can be found here ... https://ourworldindata.org/world-population-growth/
In 1976 there were no personal computers, virtually no email and no cell phones.
"Do not be influenced by the importance of the writer, and whether his learning be great or small; but let the love of pure truth draw you to read. Do not inquire, “Who said this?” but pay attention to what is said”
Thomas Kempis 1380-1471