Even though our Sages teach us: “Who is rich? He who is satisfied with their lot,” (Pirkei Avos 4:1) it sometimes seems that there is no limit to the human appetite. We want more of everything: higher income, better health, longer lives, better leadership, more stimulating social lives and, of course, more perfect happiness. To what extent will tomorrow fulfill our dreams? And if it does, would making our dreams come true bring with it negative consequences and dangers for which we need to prepare?
Oren Nahari is the Foreign News Desk Editor at Channel One Television Israel. He is also a book editor, television and radio presenter and an expert commentator on international issues for the print media. He presents the “International Hour” program on Radio Reshet B and lectures at Tel Aviv University.
Dr. David B. Agus is a Professor of Medicine and Engineering at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine and Viterbi School of Engineering and heads USC’s Westside Cancer Center and the Center for Applied Molecular Medicine. He is one of the world’s leading cancer doctors, and the co-founder of two pioneering personalized medicine companies, Navigenics and Applied Proteomics. Agus is an international leader in new technologies and approaches for personalized healthcare. Dr. Agus’ first book called “The End of Illness” was published in 2012 and is a New York Times #1 best seller and was also the subject of a PBS series. He has a new book to be published by Simon & Schuster in January 2014 called “A Short Guide to a Long Life.”
Professor Dan Gilbert, USA:
Professor Daniel Gilbert is a professor of psychology at Harvard University who studies the nature of human happiness. He is the author of the international bestseller, Stumbling on Happiness, which has been translated into more than 25 languages and won the 2007 Royal Society Prizes for Science Books.
Ayaan Hirsi-Ali is a Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and the Founder of The AHA Foundation, a women’s rights organization. She served as a Member of Parliament for the VVD (People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy) in the Netherlands. Hirsi-Ali was the screenwriter of Submission, a film about the oppression of women in conservative Islamic cultures and has authored several books including her memoir, Infidel.
M.K. Yair Lapid is the Israeli Minister of Finance and Founder and Head of “Yesh Atid” (“There’s a Future”), the second largest party in the current Knesset. He was the host of Channel 2 Israel’s popular Friday night news magazine, Ulpan Shishi and wrote a weekly column for the Yediot Ahronot newspaper. Lapid has published seven books, wrote a TV drama series called “War Room,” as well as acting in the Israeli film, “The Singing of The Siren.” Lapid was voted the 36th-greatest Israeli of all time in a 2005 Ynet of the general public.