Thoughts on Progress

The founding fathers didn't forsee internet, TV/radio, cars/planes (instruments of greater speed and connection). We are already experiencing growing pains of easy access to information: polarity in religion and politics. Where will ultimate singularity take us? With a single purpose is there a need for law? What does being connected with everyone while moving very fast look like? Does it look like ultimate freedom? Or does it look like molecules in a pot beginning to boil? What are we boiling into?

We are living in an exciting time, in an exciting country. In a virtual experiment. The self-proclaimed leaders in a freedom experiment for the world. Why would I want to be anywhere else? This is where the excitement is. So why does it feel so blah?

Television advertising plays to our smallest selves. Insecurity opens wallets. We all have been buying the notion that we have a long way to go before we are successful, and by the way, there are a lot of things you should buy in the meantime. Garbage in, garbage out. Imagine if youth was not wasted awash in those lies. Imagine if schools were institutions of freedom, justice, equality, identifying true talent and pointing that talent at the right causes for the greatest good. Imagine truly enlightened students, rather than insecure drones ready to be auctioned off to the highest-bidding company.

How are we moving faster and making more connections yet creating more distance between ourselves physically? Are bodies becoming irrelevant? We are already ignoring them daily in this country, resulting in everything from Repetitive Stress Injuries to Obesity to Heart Disease. If not ignoring them, drastically altering them! Gastric bypass, cosmetic surgeries…What is the role of bodies when information and speed become paramount?

We need to be careful with the information we continually expose ourselves and our children to in this age of interconnectedness. Let's make sure WE are steering this ship to the destiny of our highest selves. Are we reinforcing the values laid down by our founding fathers? Or are we reinforcing the lies that we are all small and insignificant and stupid and not worthy and will always be in need, so might as well just look out for number one. How can we do this together?