I have been watching quite a few videos lately. They can be found by surfing the Gel, TED, and Pop!Tech sites on the Links I Like page of my blog.
The buzz seems to be centered on connectivity. It is something we all yearn for. We want to be connected to each other at all times. Linda Stone’s speech on Gel focuses on some of the problems that can arise from this. Clay Shirky’s speech on TED focuses on how miraculous our connections are.
It’s something us humans crave. We need to be involved. We need to be part of “something”, however, “something” is an abstract concept. Seth Godin’s idea is that we all want to be part of each other. He basically believes it is our “Tribe” instinct.
This all makes perfect sense. A lot of our great inventions were created so that we can be with or communicate with each other more effectively. Phones, Automobiles, The Internet, E-mails, Text Messaging, Facebook and Myspace, Twitter, etc. We have an addiction to knowing what is happening with everyone and everything around the world at all times. We also have the mind-blowing ability TO know what is happening with everyone and everything around the world at all times.
We also have every ability to get to each other. Buses, Trains, Cars, Airplanes, Boats, Google Maps and even Google Street View. Think about this. We have a strong desire to be connected to each other, we have the desire and ability to get anywhere we want to be and to know exactly how to get there, we have also become EXTREMELY voyeuristic (just think about all of the “REALITY” tv shows). Thus, if technology keeps evolving, how long will it be before . . . GOOGLE BEDROOMS!!!! ( . . . I’m not completely joking . . . )
Anyway, I wrote all of that to make a point. We have so many means of communication. We have ever capability to centralize and activate. There is nothing that can stop us. We are all compassionate, connected, and clever (Alliteration! Hooray! . . . stupid English major). In this case . . . WHY ARE WE STILL FIGHTING WARS!? HOW HAVE WE NOT BECOME MORE COMPASSIONATE!? WHY ARE PEOPLE STILL STARVING AND UNDEREDUCATED? AND CAN SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW WE DO NOT SEE THE SHARED HUMANITY IN OUR ENEMIES?
Sorry for “yelling”, but I just don’t get this at all. I joined the Peace Corps because I want to change the world. I have come to the realization that we all have every ability to do so.
Yet . . . for some reason, it’s hard.
I have recently felt a strong urge to make sure my time in the Peace Corps is worthwhile. I feel it in my heart. It is a strong sense of desperation. A feeling that tells me that if I fail, I’ll feel like a failure forever. If you pray, please pray for me. If not, just support me and think happy thoughts. I feel like we are all on the brink of changing the world. The lever is just slightly out of reach right now.
Goodness, I think we can do this. With G-d’s guidance, I truly believe we can do this.
Unfortunately, I’m very tired. I could keep going, but I’ll leave it at that.
– Brandon Holly –