14 December 2006
3,000 years ago, a potential to be good at math didn't matter much. 300 years ago, being good at dance might well be interesting at best. One of the ways that we've made progress is that we've given a wider variety of talents and potentials the opportunity to find a role, to pursue their passion. As we have a wider variety of career paths and increasing levels of specialization, the individual has a greater chance to develop his or her own personal potential. To me, this is perhaps one of the most overlooked and most important dimensions of progress.