Dear Citizens of Earth,
Social media offers an opportunity for people to connect in real, authentic ways to share emotional responses to events and situations that happen in real time. Gradually, but steadily, the barriers people have to sharing their authentic thoughts and feelings on social media are being eroded away. I remember a time not that long ago when my friends in grad school at Berkeley mocked Facebook as “MyFace.” We laughed when we saw the first iPhone, and thought it was an annoying curiosity when our friend would Google every answer to a question. Now, eight years later, we are not laughing. The world is being connected by the smartphone empowered anonymous and not so anonymous person. Technology is not a panacea, a cure all for all the world’s problems. The wisdom to use it effectively, and appropriately to build, rather than destroy is an ever present thing that is sorely needed in the population. I have learned from being radically honest on social media platforms that social capital is real and something that cannot be ignored. I feel people can squeeze a lot out of very little money if they know how to use it right. The future now rests in engendering the same emotional attachment that we make in real interactions to digital ones. If we felt the way we feel when we log onto the digital space of the Internet the way we do when we engage in a face to face interaction, then our responses would be more human. I remember Skyping into Damascus in 2013 to comfort a friend by reading the Qur’an to her. I heard the artillery and automatic gunfire in the background. She was fearlessly reciting the first chapter of the Qur’an to me on a lunch break from my service at the Charles Drew School in Atlanta. This was the time when there was a great breakthrough in my heart. I felt connected radically to Syria and wanted to begin to work in my local environment to raise awareness for the plight of the Syrian people. The events in Paris that happened on Friday are horrific, but what scares me more is the response. The Syrian people are fleeing the crazy fascists who are propped up by regimes around the world as proxies to destabilize opposing regimes. The people that are stuck in the middle of these war games are the common people, not the rich or powerful. I call on all people of the world who have a soul, a heart, and a brain to engage in creating change in your own local space. Stop hiding and letting the stupidity reign. If you have a skill use it. Write poems for peace. Do science for peace. Build chairs in science museums for peace. Do anything for peace and justice. This is the only thing that really matters now. Then, broadcast the good news to the world. Share your skills, and more importantly share your love. Give people who are starving for resources and access to wisdom and love a chance. Conversely, in the exchange, people from around the world will contribute their unique abilities and together we can create heaven on earth. A diverse, radically empowered humanity with a full consciousness from all the global cultures. God bless!
Peace at home, Peace in the world.