When three of the world’s wealthiest men are on the same page about something, you better believe that it’s more than just an opinion and effectively a fact.
Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, and Elon Musk all agree that there has never been a better time to be alive that the world we are currently living in, and they actually have convincing arguments to their claim.
According to Tesla CEO, Musk, we are able to address most of the suffering that humanity faces, as opposed to certain periods in history where man had no clue how to solve his problems. Remember when The Plague wiped out half of Europe? Certainly, that can never happen in the 21st Century.
Learn Your History
Admitting that there are those hell-bent on being negative about the world as it is now, and whatever ills the future may hold, Musk is of the opinion that these individuals are not very well versed with history. Anyone who’s all caught up with enough history, Musk opines, would be in the same school of thought as he.
Bill Gates, who prides himself in being an avid reader, pretty much comes to the same conclusion as his fellow billionaire. The world’s second-richest man writes as much as he reads, and even has a personal blog, Gates Notes.
In a 2018 post, Mr. Gates suggests that even though it doesn’t always seem so, the world is indeed transforming into a much better place.
To support his claim, he says that in 1920, we spent eleven-and-a-half hours each week on laundry, and by 2014 the hours had declined to one-and-a-half.
If laundry doesn’t convince you, then there’s the global IQ, a score tha has been rising steadily by three points every decade. Gates says that the rise is most certainly due to increased brain development, helped along by a clean environment and improved nutrition.
Warren Buffett, who also happens to be Bill Gates’ long-time friend, is also preaching the same message. Known for being a shrewd entrepreneur, Buffett disagrees with investors who claim that wealth inequality in the United States spells disaster for the country.
According to him, capitalism couldn’t be having a better time. The economy is getting stronger by the day, and that’s exactly what Buffett lives for. He’s happy to be alive at this day and age.
Success Trickled Down
In a letter to his shareholders in 2016, the Berkshire Hathaway CEO admits that it’s not that we are more hardworking than those who came before us, it’s just that our predecessors hadn’t realized their maximum potential yet. As generations came and went, people built on the successes of their predecessors, and that success has trickled down to us.
You may argue that Buffett, Musk, and Gates have no issues with the world they’re living in since they are billionaires, but a certain statement from Mr. Gates might change your mind.
The billionaire said that he’s optimistic in what the future holds particularly due to what he has already observed.
As the years went by, human knowledge advanced, creating solutions and improving the quality of life. As such, he is confident that this trend will continue well into the coming years.