THE COALESCENCE

How Powerful Evolutionary Forces are Transfroming Seven Billion Individual Humans Into a Single Harmonious Social Organism

“Imagine there’s no countries, it isn’t hard to do; nothing to kill or die for, and no religion too. Imagine all the people living life in peace.” – John Lennon ()>)(
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead   ()>)(
“Now there is one outstanding important fact regarding Spaceship Earth, and that is that no instruction booklet came with it.” – R. Buckminster Fuller   ()>)(
“The finally victorious way of looking at things will be the most completely impressive way to the normal run of minds.” — William James    ()>)(
“The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating a problem in a way that will allow a solution.” – Bertrand Russell          ()>)(           
“The desire to question and change things comes from the healthiest part of you.” – Gene Tashoff           ()>)(
“The essence of The Coalescence is connectivity.” — Walter Szykitka                ()>)(
“The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.” – Bob Dylan                ()>)(
“This ain’t no foolin’ around.” – David Byrne                ()>)(
“Money is the root of all evil.” – Jesus                ()>)(
“Love conquers all.” – Virgil                ()>)(
“All you need is love.” – The Beatles            ()>)(

THE (R)EVOLUTIONARY POTENTIAL OF THE INTERNET

“While the planet’s nervous system pulsates with waves of information, including reports of wars, scientific discoveries, political conflicts, economic dislocations, and environmental disasters, its organizing capacity (with 5 billion mobile phones and 2 billion Internet connections) sits quietly on standby, waiting to spring into action, to spread the word and to coordinate a unified response upon the inevitable arrival of that long-awaited ‘idea whose time has come.'” — The Coming Global Coalescence, page 43, print edition.

This week we got a hint of that potential. When the Internet community finally understood the threat to its freedom embodied in the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) making its way through the House of Representatives and a similar Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) under consideration in the Senate, the speed and the strength of the reaction was breathtaking.

Without much fanfare PIPA was introduced in the Senate in May, but by the time SOPA was introduced in the House of Representatives, Internet activists were beginning to take note. The awareness built slowly at first, but exploded this past week. For example, according to a report in the NY Times, SOPA had become the subject of 200,000 Twitter posts on Monday, which grew to 450,000 on Tuesday, and 3.9 million on Wednesday, when Wikipedia closed its website for a day in protest, with thousands of other websites joining in the resistance. On Thursday, a few senators declared they would not support PIPA. And today, both houses declared they were shelving their bills! Can anyone doubt that this is a game changer and that we have entered a new world of bottom-up political and social activism? I think not.

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Updated: December 13, 2019 — 5:29 PM

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