“If future generations are going to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created. Not just as it looked when we got through it.” – Lyndon Johnson
Anthropocentrism has become our center of ethical gravity. It is dying a painful and protracted death, but it is most certainly dying. Our cosmos harbors abundant life, and given the statistics, this includes intelligent life. Yet here we are on board Apollo 13, drifting through the void with no mission or destination. We’re exhausting our fuel and provisions, and our atmosphere is a growing threat to our existence. Most of us still have no substantive sense of a present or pending peril, never mind a clear and meaningful sense of purpose.
Our emerging generation of business leaders are hungering for a clear and common sense of purpose, but can we offer them one? If we humans aren’t the purpose of everything, what purpose do we serve? What purpose can we serve? Most of us would agree that the human experience is worth preserving and worth improving. Can the digital economy be rebooted to serve not just the the top 1% of the top 1% but to serve the future of humanity?