Posts Tagged ‘unity’

After the Riots: The Real Power of Social Media

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Some of the delinquents responsible for looting and torching parts of London have relied on social media to mobilize their misdeeds. Others are just using instant messages to brag about injuring police officers.

This isn’t the first time Twitter has been used for crime. Kids in Philadelphia have been the popular texting tool to coordinate violent mobs that attack random people.

But social media can be used for construction just as easily as for destruction.

British citizens, outraged by the looting and ashamed of the chaos, organized a clean-up session using Facebook and Twitter. The streets were filled with peaceful protesters, demonstrating against the rioters.

The clean-up initiative follows on the heels of another populist movement being coordinated online – Operation Cup of Tea. The idea is to take a stand against the riots by quietly enjoying a spot of Tea. Over 200,000 people got involved.

So here we see the real power of social media. Twitter, Facebook, and the like – they are all bringing us together and helping us to see how much in common we all have. Perhaps more importantly, the Internet shows us just how many people feel the same way we do.

Now imagine what will be possible when, instead of only hundreds of thousands of united people, there’s hundreds of millions, all acting simultaneously to effect positive change on the world.

With that kind of power, incredible things will be entirely possible! Even building a lasting peace on earth.

The Power of Portable Tech

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Smart phones and other handheld devices have already dramatically reshaped the world around us, and the best is yet to come!

With a phone, you can access the fountain of knowledge on the Internet, join up with millions of like-minded individuals, and hold authorities accountable for their actions.

Within a decade or two, most of the world will have access to some kind of smart phone, taking humanity to a whole new level of empowerment.

The future is going to be AWESOME!

A Call to Awaken

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Alan Strachan put up a nice piece over at Common Dreams, summoning his fellow citizens to move from trance to moral outrage, as the powers that be continually strip wealth and freedom from the population.

The Mega-Rich have declared war against ordinary Americans:

Although current circumstances have not been labeled as such, we are in another Civil War. This time it is not the North against the South. This time it is the Mega-Rich against ordinary Americans.

It is the Mega-Rich who have declared and are waging this war. To do so they have bought politicians from both political parties, in order to change laws and regulations, so that they are free to do as they wish. And what they wish is to make as much money as possible and to increase their power in every way possible, even when that means sending ordinary Americans into poverty, destroying the environment, and gutting democracy. They will stop at nothing, and they take no responsibility for the terrible consequences of their greed.

Make no mistake about it: the Mega-Rich have been getting what they want, and the US government has been enabling them to do so…. Now it is inescapably clear that Democrats as well as Republicans are firmly entrenched in policies that undermine democracy and line the pockets of the Mega-Rich and their corporations.

Strachan concludes that it is time for regular people to rise up and reclaim power:

To passively wait for someone to save us – hoping for a political leader who speaks about and acts upon [our values] — is naïve and ineffectual. We, the People – you, and I – have the power to lead. We must lead our leaders, and show them the way. It is up to us to restore democracy.

When the wealthy and powerful go too far – as they always will if we allow them to – it is up to the People to restore the moral order, to restore democracy. It is up to us to remind our “leaders” – who are supposed to be “public servants,” not corporate lackeys – that “democracy” is People power. Not Mega-Rich power, but People power.

Strachan’s sentiments are shared by many, myself included. I first recognized the power of unity to balance the world’s inequalities at least six years ago, as the many benefits of solidarity amongst humanity were highlighted in the “Global Unity” section of my first book (which is available online). Here’s a sample:

Everyone stands to gain from a united world. A world of peace means we live with less fear and a higher quality of life. Global unity will also help to secure our children’s future and the survival of our species.

Not only will global unity benefit everyone directly, it represents an opportunity to do something that has never before been done on earth – we could unite on a global scale. Global unity will be an accomplishment we can all be proud of.

In a world where nations cooperate, we will no longer have to fear foreign invasion or nuclear annihilation. With global unity, we also get the personal security that comes from knowing that if either ourselves or a loved one becomes sick or injured, the world is more able to help.

Another benefit of global unity will be an increase to nearly everyone’s economic situation – which means more money! We will be able to take control of our world’s wealth and divert the profits of humanity’s labour into social services, like health care and education, which are investments into our future.

The first surplus of wealth comes from the trillions of dollars spent on military budgets. With no one left to fight, the world’s war machine can be dismantled, which is something everyone should want, if not for themselves, then for their family.

Since writing these words, my thoughts have evolved. Now, not only do I see global unity as a great thing, I actually believe it is coming and will arrive within a few short years!

Over the past decade, our world has come together more than throughout the rest of human history combined. 10 short years, and we’re more interconnect than ever before! Now, just imagine how tight-knit we’ll all be in just a few more years, once more people get connected and become engaged netizens.

This transformation will be incredible! When humans work together, there’s nothing we can’t do. And when we work together on a global scale, well, it puts amazing things – like creating world peace and ending starvation – squarely within our reach.

We’re Coming Together Like Never Before

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Twitter enables instant global communication to a massive audience. Facebook fosters the formation of huge communities that cross borders and culture barriers.

Only a few years old, these two technologies have already increased humankind’s social cohesion to unprecedented levels. Now just imagine where we’ll be in a few years time, as millions more come online to become Netizens.

There will be hundreds of millions of minds, all working in-tune, all processing information from the rest of the world as it happens. The self-awareness we’ll experience as a species will be incredible!

With such an encompassing eye into our world, some important truths will become known to enough people to really make a difference.

To start, we’ll see how the vast majority of humans, no matter where they come from or what they believe, can actually co-exist peacefully with almost everyone else.

As well, we’ll learn how powerful we can be when we work together. The force of millions of individuals working in unison can readily overthrow corrupt rulers and counterbalance even the world’s most influential institutions.

Ultimately, we’ll awaken to the reality that a better world is well within our reach. Amazing things, like eradicating extreme poverty and ending institutionalized armed conflict, won’t seem so impossible to achieve the more we work together on the global scale.

Technology is bringing us together like never before, and we’re harnessing this new empowerment to manifest a world with less and less injustice. What an amazing time to be alive!

War Was Soooo Last Millennium

Friday, January 21st, 2011

A recent NYT/CBS survey echos what other polling data has indicated: most Americans – like most people on earth – are sick and tired of war. Fortunately, we’ve never been closer to ending military expenditures than we are today.

The advent of instant social innovations, like Twitter and Facebook, are enhancing humankind’s hivemind and helping boost our self-awareness as a species. With a clearer lens into what is happening on earth, we gain access to new insights about our fellow humans.

For one, we’ll see how the vast majority of us – no matter where we come from – can co-exist non-violently with pretty much anyone else on earth. Knowing that the rest of the world shares our same desire and ability for peace will be integral to reducing politically organized violence. The more we collectively embrace the belief that war will end, the more we will actively seek to make peace happen.

As the peace movement grows, so too will awareness of the Military Industrial Complex. An interconnected world will expose war for what it really is: a business. More people will awaken to see that most of earths major wars are fabricated. Were it not for business entities entertaining shareholder interests, most of today’s large scale armed conflicts wouldn’t even exist.

Don’t believe me? Try taking the ‘profit’ out of war-profiteering. Imagine if the world’s biggest defense contractors were held financially accountable for the lives extinguished by their products… their passion for spilling blood would soon evaporate. All the cries of liberty, freedom, democracy, security, God or country would never lead to the scale of today’s wars if there weren’t big money to be made.

Yet since these huge financial incentives remain to drive it forward, we cannot simply wait for the war machine to shut itself down. The people whose very livelihood depends on armed conflict – not just the billionaires at the top, but the millions of regular people entrenched in the defense industry – all have a vested interest in keeping wars brewing around the world.

So why wait for anyone from the ‘defense’ industry to tell us when we can expect peace?

War will be over as soon as we – the world’s people – say it is over.

The onus for peace sits with anyone who wants to see an end to war – the world’s peacewarriors – to systematically dismantle military industrial complex. A challenging task, perhaps, but one for which we’ve never been better equipped to make possible.

Peace One Day

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

What are you doing September 21st?  How about joining the rest of the world in a day of peace?

Peace One Day is an organization dedicated to uniting the world, if only for one day, to show how much we can come together as a species. By “working to manifest an annual day of global unity; a day of intercultural cooperation on a scale that humanity has never known”, Peace One Day hopes to promote peace, as well as attain the awesome goal of reaching 3 billion people with the message of Peace One Day by 2012.

September 21 is a day to recognize just how powerful we can be, when we work together.  Studies have shown how group meditation – large groups concentrating on peace – can actually manifest peace in the world (see a link here).  In these studies, they had about 7000 people meditating for peace.  Imagine the peace we could create with a million, or how about the 3 Billion that Peace One Day aspires to…  it would be incredible!

Check out the following videos, which put forth a beautiful message of hope for peace.

You can visit Peace One Day on the net at http://www.peaceoneday.org, or join the Peace One Day social network at http://peaceoneday.ning.com/