"We couldn't meet at a more challenging time," he said, "we are confronted with so many crises simultaneously. What does it mean to master the future?"
"I think, to have a platform," he continued, "where all stakeholders of global society are engaged. Governments, businesses, civil society, the young generation—and I could go on. I think is the first step to meet all the challenges."
Though it sounds like a mantra from a paperback self-help book, the phrase "master the future" is in line with the plans the WEF has for global society. The WEF identifies several combined concerns that they intend to tackle with one, unifying philosophy, and that is collective globalism essentialy without national borders, democracy, or self-governance. Instead, the WEF views the world as a collection as something to be controlled and mastered, and they intend to do so by 2030.
"But what is more important," Schwab continued, is that we approach the future with a positive spirit. With a spirit which reflects human creativity and ingenuity." It was in this spirit that Schwab introduced artists to the stage, who undoubtedly are on board with the WEF's ideas for a utopian future where everyone will own nothing, have no privacy, and be happy.
Maya Lin, an American artist who designed the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC spoke about the power of art as she received her award. She said that her being given this award shows that art has a strong role to play in the economic world. Lin is engaged in an environmental art project, she said.
"We are an inventive species," she said, "and once we are able to imagine something, we are always able to achieve these dreams."
Renee Fleming, an American opera singer, spoke about the need to embed arts in healthcare systems.
Sabrina Dhowre Elba, of Somalia, spoke of the need for food security for people who are going hungry in her nation and others. She spoke up for the small scale farmers who are struggling to produce enough food.
British actor Idris Elba told attendees to keep the courage to "continue to invest in mitigating against climate change."
"With greater access to finance, to markets, to resources, to technology, to knowledge and to people, we can define a different future," Elba said.
In announcing the themes for this year's annual meeting, focused on the unifying topic of "Cooperation in a Fragmented World," the WEF stated its intention to "reaffirm the value and imperative of dialogues and public-private cooperation, not only to navigate the current cascading crises but, more importantly, to drive tangible, system-positive change for the long term."
In other words, the plan is to harness these simultaneous crises, as Schwab elucidated, and use them to gain control, drive a new world view, and demand compliance from both private and public actors on the world stage.
One of the key areas of discourse is climate change, which has been used as a cudgel by wealthy governing nations in the west to control populations, their use of energy, ability to travel, reproduction, and overarching ethos. As part of the undertaking of the Annual Meeting this week, WEF leaders and partners intend to address fuel and food supply through the lens of creating new systems for "energy, climate and nature."
Changing the energy source for billions of people, from the top down, is an essential component of the meet-up and the WEF project. By controlling the type of energy used, and access to that energy, population movement and productivity can be controlled entirely. As the WEF urges countries to move away from efficient fossil fuels, they encourage the adoption of sustainable forms of electricity, which would be controlled from a centralized grid.
The way this would be done is by entirely remaking the way that societies and economics operate, not in an organic way, but by intentional change, without concern for existing industries, the impact of the new technologies in terms of resource cultivation and disposal, and to attain goals the WEF set at the last meeting for how quickly these changes can be made.
The goals for the WEF's 2030 agenda are to "end poverty and hunger," "to protect the planet from degredation," "the ensure that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives and that economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature," "to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies that are free from fear and violence," and to undertake the fulfillment of this agendra through global collaboration with leaders and stakeholders.
In short, the WEF intends to create their vision of a utopia, and to do so within the next seven years. Undertaking the creation of a utopian society is no small feat, and those who have attempted to create utopian perfections even in small areas of the globe have often, if not always, run into trouble when vision and reality come into stark conflict.
Many global leaders are in attendance at the Annual Meeting, so that they can figure out how they'd like to bring about these massive changes in their own countries, and most of them flew in on private jets to do it. In 2022, more than 1,000 private jets flew into Davos to address how to tell other people to deal with climate change.
The full list of US representatives who are in attendance are: Climate Czar John F. Kerry, Biden's trade rep Katherine Tai, Biden's secretary of labor Martin Walsh, along with FBI head Christopher Wray, US Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, Samantha Power of the US Agency for International Development, Governors Brian Kemp, Gretchen Whitmer, JB Pritzker, and a handful of congressman, including Senators Christopher Coons, Maria Cantwell, James Risch, Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema. House Reps from California, New York, Florida, New Jersey, and Massachusetts are also in attendance.
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