“The more we all know about each other, the greater the chance we will survive.” ~Meet Joe Black, Film (1998)
Earth is shrinking. I am not referencing the actual mass and density and other
useless helpful scientific points of data … although I am quite sure with shifting continental plates and melting ice caps that there are likely some weird things happening on that front as well. Technology has made this planet a much, much smaller place. We have witnessed this astoundingly quick progression in the art of communication. Telegraph. Telephone. Television. Computer. Cell Phone. Internet. Email. Instant Message. Text Message. Skype. Please, no over-analyzing my list or the order in which it was presented – I am merely attempting to make a point: Earth is shrinking.
Shrinking! We, the human race, through these advances in communication as well as through more extensive travel and education, are getting to actually KNOW one another. How many individuals do you “know” through the World Wide Web but have never met face-to-face? Can you even count? We are spreading from continent to continent and integrating cultures and creating new societies. The rules are changing. Based on these truths, I feel as though I should have hope. As someone who desperately longs for the quintessential cliché pageant girl expectation of WORLD PEACE, I want to have hope that understanding and tolerance are finally beginning to make their way from person to person and city to city and country to country and culture to culture. And yet …. *sigh*
Riddle me this: Why does it seem that IGNORANCE is actually growing world wide with the speed and intensity of a deadly air born virus? It is a plague. How is this possible? Should not the growth in knowledge and education be reversing this trend? Am I a total loon for thinking that prejudice might one day become a thing of the past?
I know I am a sci-fi junkie, but will it really take an apocalyptic World War III and the rebuilding of life and technology (or the discovery of the warp drive) after such an event before we humans and our man-made governments figure out that we would all be better off if we were to accept that we really are one race.
We are flesh and blood. We are capable of independent thought. We have a highly developed brain capable of language and emotion and reason. We create through music and art and literature. We feel with our fingers and our hearts. We dance. We are curious. Dang it, we have opposable thumbs. We are all one in the same.
WE ARE HUMAN!
“Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal.” ~John F. Kennedy, 35th US President