Christian Engström from the Financial Times wrote this on July 7th, which got me to pondering a bit about my expected outcome for doing this blog.
“The world is at a crossroads. The internet and new information technologies are so powerful that no matter what we do, society will change. But the direction has not been decided. The technology could be used to create a Big Brother society beyond our nightmares, where governments and corporations monitor every detail of our lives. In the former East Germany, the government needed tens of thousands of employees to keep track of the citizens using typewriters, pencils and index cards. Today a computer can do the same thing a million times faster, at the push of a button. There are many politicians who want to push that button.
The same technology could instead be used to create a society that embraces spontaneity, collaboration and diversity. Where the citizens are no longer passive consumers being fed information and culture through one-way media, but are instead active participants collaborating on a journey into the future.”
We really are a crossroad, but I don’t think people really understand what is at stake. This isn’t some temporary downturn in the economy, or even a depression. This isn’t a period just before world conflict even. This is a fundamental change in our global society. Some would say: “aren’t you over reacting a bit here?” My answer to that is not only no, but Hell know. If you are at least semi-conscious you have to see what’s happening here on a global basis. The universal way we all “survive” is being altered by a very few who are controlling by nature, ruthless by character, and greedy and power hungry to the core.
That’s the bad news, now the good news. We CAN say no to all of this. We can because of information availability, technology, and our human spirit. We can forge a future that is truly advanced, open, and nurturing to all human beings. We only need to understand that we are destined to do so and then start believing again in the “collective we”. You know, the “collective we” that responds to disasters. The “collective we” that gather our families in illness and death. The “collective we” that protects our families.
We are at a crossroad and what we do next has never been more important in the history of man on earth. What “we” have to realize is that the “collective we” is made up of you and me. The “collective we” only works though when you and I agree to act. The little actions you and I can take everyday start adding up to a real force when it reaches the level of the “collective we” acting in concert.
I hope we all can take a moment every day to contemplate “what can I do today to make this a better world?” (as he puts away the soap box and goes back to work).