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In 1963 Maslow wrote in “The Creative Attitude”:

It seems to me that we are at a point in history unlike anything that has ever been before. Life moves far more rapidly now than it ever did before. Think, for instance, of the huge acceleration in the rate of growth of facts, of knowledge, of techniques, of inventions, of advances in technology. It seems very obvious to me that this requires a change in our attitude toward the human being, and toward his relationships to the world. To put it bluntly, we need a different kind of human being. We need a different kind of human being to be able to live in a world which changes perpetually, which doesn’t stand still. [We need to] create a new kind of human being who is comfortable with change, who enjoys change, who is able to improvise, who is able to face with confidence, strength, and courage a situation of which he has absolutely no forewarning … The society which can turn out such people will survive; the societies that cannot turn out such people will die.

Mr. Maslow hadn’t seen the internet. He didn’t know about the X-Prize. And he never drove a Honda Sprocket. If Maslow wasn’t right in 1963 he was prescient of today.

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