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Empathy Needs to Remain at the Foundation of an Industrial Revolution

Seeing as humans have only been in existence for 175,000 years, it’s fair to say that we’re cited the “youngsters” when examining evolution at vast scale. As such, it’s a worrying concept that humanity has the potential to become an extinct species within the next century.

There have been many apocalyptic assumptions in the past that it can be easy to brush these types of claims aside, but there haven’t always been statistics connected with the predictions of the past.

One of the things I have reminded CEOS and business leaders about over the years is that there are times when we must go back to basics and concentrate on the real economy, which is photosynthesis.

This may seem nonsensical on the surface, but the breeding of life all relies on this very important bottom line, be it the places in the environment or the air we breathe. Given that there are over 6.8 million humans that span the globe, it would be easy to assume that humankind is at the top of the list when it comes to biomass, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Humans account for less than one percent of the biomass of the earth and in turn, are using more than 24% of all photosynthesis on earth. As the populous looks to increase from six to nine billion within the next couple of decades, it stands to reason that the current approach isn’t sustainable.

So, while there have been visions of doom in the past, which fortunately never came true when there are cold hard facts put in front of use, it’s important to start making the changes needs sooner rather than later. The hard call-to-action here is that we either change or face becoming extinct.

Fossil fuels have been used for the last two centuries and are essentially what created the industrial age, which we’re currently heading towards the end of. We have seen in the past how fuel crisis can affect the social economy, and the impact it can have on everyday items, making them more expensive.

This is due to humans relying on the carbon deposits from the Jurassic age and forming an entire civilisation based on the same. Although it could be argued for progress to take place fossil fuel is essential, the temperament of fossil fuel in the modern means that it has the potential to collapse an economic infrastructure.

Many philosophers in the past have had takes on what babies crave when they come into the world. Some state that they strive to obtain pleasure and avoid pain, while others will state they’re designed to meet the economic stature of the current infrastructure.

Although the current autonomous culture has been praised for its innovation, the use of technology must be done in a responsible way. While some technology is created to make life easier, some may be used to undercut the value of humans and what they must bring to the table when it comes to a more efficient future.

Machines and technology in the current ages if capable of a lot, but there are human qualities that can’t be replicated, and empathy is a human notion that continues to be important when creating a future that works.

Those that have been fortunate to bring children into the world will understand this concept only too well. Very rarely will there be a set path that children must travel to be deemed a success. Parents will want to ensure that their children are happy in whatever they do, and not looking at a world where there is little opportunity to develop.

Despite the heavy influence of fossil fuels, there is still plenty of work being carried out under the radar. However, for real change to be made, it’s important to break the shackles of conformity associated with the Industrial age.

When setting into a set trail of though, it means we become less conscious of what’s occurring. Becoming more conscious of the real threats surrounding us allows us to become more open to potential solutions that could be implanted quickly if everyone shared a similar vision and sense of empathy.

The current lifestyle adopted by many could be considered materialistic whether we mean it to be or not, simply because of the changes made during the Industrial Revolution.