Information Technology is at the heart of the social (r)evolution now enveloping the planet. In a competitive society, information can be used for various purposes, some not very commendable. However, a fundamental conviction underlying the WEDP is that truth and reason will prevail. The following excerpt from THE COMING GLOBAL COALESCENCE elaborates:
Presently, the overwhelming majority of the earth’s population is too consumed with their everyday struggles to give much thought to the political and economic forces that are the primary determinants of the quality of their daily existence. It is not surprising, therefore, that they are, by and large, grossly and tragically uninformed and misinformed. Most of what is widely and publicly communicated ─ such as advertising campaigns, political discourse, financial advice, and religious doctrine ─ is deliberately manipulative and misleading. This is apart from all the treachery that goes on in the shadows and behind closed doors that never sees the light of day but exacts a hidden price from society somewhere down the line.
However, out of the jangle of conflicting opinions and theories, facts and fancies, lies and deceptions, it is inevitable that truth will emerge. The truth cannot be forever suppressed, and in this age of the democratization of communication, the light is growing brighter and brighter. In the end, everything will be revealed.
What are some of the truths that will emerge? Here are a few: War is folly. Competition is wasteful. Hatred is poisonous. Lies are destructive. Ignorance is dangerous. And our leaders are unworthy.
Here are some others: Peace is possible. Cooperation is constructive. Love is uplifting. Truth is irresistible. Knowledge is powerful. And self-reliance is liberating.
While all such “truths” may well be characterized as empty platitudes lacking any meaningful social significance or consequence, it is so only because global society, as now organized, has served to poison the human ethos. We are prisoners in a suffocating, destructive social matrix that prevents the flowering of all that is good and decent in human nature.
But it is communication that will prove to be the source of our liberation. It is through communication that we will come to understand how we have been deceived, how our leaders have failed us, how we have been made to suffer needlessly, how we have been played for fools. It is through communication that we will come to see how we have been denied the benefits of human ingenuity, how we have been thwarted in our desire to live in peace, how we have been prevented from enjoying the simple pleasures of secure and bountiful lives with family, friends and neighbors. It is through communication that we will finally learn the truth that will set us free.
Call it the education of the human race.
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Okay ~ I am hereby volunteering, starting at “Information”, a bit of a contradiction because I have opted out of facebook, twitter, etc. What I do is I email my own personal contacts. I send copies of articles, like Walter Szykitka’s articles, which I admire tremendously, to selected personal “contacts”. About 10 per cent of those people respond to me. From when I used to send out paper resumes and job applications, I suspect that 10 per cent response is not all that bad. I also know that I, for one, am very often deeply moved by articles I read, but I do not necessarily respond to the original author. I do, however, assimilate information into my knowledge base, and I change and I grow. I am assuming that my personal efforts, even without acknowledgment and mass social media, have some effect. Hello out there: Is anybody listening?
I’m not sure how this all works ~ but here is food for thought from “In Her Words”, NYTimes:
What Do Sweden and Mexico Have in Common? A Feminist Foreign Policy
Six years after Sweden adopted a feminist foreign policy, several other countries are following its lead, raising pressure on the U.S. to do the same.
By Alisha Haridasani Gupta