While caution and admitting a tough situation faces the global economy reigned supreme, the stance by many at the World Economic Forum was that the future may not be that bad. Recent economic signals have given reason for hope. With luck, growth in the short term may be a reality.
The reality of the World Economic Forum is a devastating socioeconomic system hurtling towards disaster. The ruling elite and their political representatives continue to place the burden of their failing system on the working classes. It is still up to the international community to enact real change in the world — whatever pronouncements of "staying the course" may come from the Forum.
There's a 50% chance that the world's GDP will be at least 166 trillion USD by 2025, according to the Metaculus prediction community.