25 “I believe that Newton’s first law of motion is the reason we will emerge from our current economic woes. That law states that an object at rest tends to stay at rest and an object in motion tends to stay in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. How does that relate to the financial $#%* storm we’re now cowering under? Allow me to explain. There are slightly less than seven billion people on this planet. Assuming that roughly half that number are either too young, too old, too lazy, or too loaded to work, that still leaves almost three and a half billion people getting up in the morning to chase the almighty dollar, the transcendent rupee, the Zen yen, the dear ol’ euro, the what’s goin’ on yuan, the… Well, you get the idea. Now, call me crazy (and many have called me far worse), but I happen to think that three and a half billion motivated people is one big damn object in motion. And the only thing acting against that object is the friction caused by a small bunch of greedy, dumbass, screw-the-pooch, Ivy League pot stickers (the unbalanced force). I therefore assert that the unbalanced force (you know who you are, shame on you) will eventually be overwhelmed by the object in motion (three and a half billion people with pluck, aka pluckers), thus allowing the object in motion to continue its relentless journey forward, thriving and conniving until it is once again slowed down by other unbalanced forces, or a very large me- teorite. Or a plague. Or fundamentalists with nukes. Or atmosphere-eating nanobots. Or a super volcano. Or Skynet. Or Cylons.” I’m betting on 3.5 billion people to trans- form and outwit the bankers once again and find a way to make our cities human places. As part of that process, the growth of global real estate companies will continue, as demo- graphic changes and growth in the emerging markets drives demand for real estate and in- frastructure. Where good governance and good management thrive, investment opportunities will present themselves. What I want you to do is appreciate that growth in urbanization and megacities, and the continued convergence of real estate and the securities market, are primary trends in our lives and economies—and very much part of the rise of Asia. Wherever you choose to live, my goal is to encourage better “maps” of your economic landscape that will help each of you create your own unique, free, and inspired life.