The truth may set you free, but finding the truth is like playing tennis. You don't get a hint of it until you've returned the volley about three or four times. The mainstream media counts on the masses never returning what's served up. Journalism today has become a caricature not unlike what Robert Lynd describes by saying "Research without an actively selective point of view is like the ditty bag of an idiot, filled with bits of pebbles, straw, feathers and other random hoardings."
Eye-Opening Perspectives for Heroic Hearts
Sunday, April 3, 2011
The Illusion of Interconnectivity: MicroSoft and MegaHard Reality of Technology
Worldwide Web Gives Illusion of Freedom
by Winsip Custer CPW News Service
The Worldwide Web promises nearly instantaneous connections, but it is a jealous god. A very legalistic one. Put the wrong access codes into your Microsoft account and a simple download that promises state of the art productivity turns minutes into grueling hours and co-worker relationships and marriages into a barrage of finger pointing.
A graduate student is forced by the cut in education programs to use an old version of Windows Office, but has bought a new computer with which to take their on-line course in micro-biology, but cannot prepare the power point presentation because the new computer version of Office requires the previous version to be uninstalled using the earlier version's cd which has been lost. No easy step to cure the problem is handy. Hours turn into days and the aspiring micro-biologist drops the course out of pure frustration with the techno-beast.
Chanting Egyptians with thousands of camera equipped cell phones lead a riot on the streets of Cairo and continue a wave of revolutions that began earlier in Tunisia and quickly spread to Libya, Yemen, Syria, Bahrain and Jordan. The Internet promises liberation, freedom and connectedness, but does it deliver?
At the heart of connectivity is shared values. If the parties holding two cans connected by a string, a Trans-Atlantic copper cable that passes the dots and dashes of Samuel F.B. Morse's code or satellite picture phones connected two warring parties they may still be at war.
"Something greater than technology is needed to bring the promise of connectivity to light," said 101 year old, Swami Mahatma Churchill Merton, of the Ashram For World Understanding in Boogalnabi, India.
The Golden Rule In Thirteen Major World Religions
"A state of the art GPS tracking system can bring emergency medical workers or a missile to your doorstep. It can bring information that promotes hearts of one accord or triggers emotions of fear and loathing. The secret rests not in the wires and electrodes and silicon chips, but in the human heart and mind. Every major religion of the world has its version of the Golden Rule and until all people practice it with greater effectiveness, we are a well-connected, but doomed, specie on a wirelessly-linked web of tightening distrust," said the aged Swami.
"I favor an international coalition of nations that strictly observe separation of church and state and no religion shall be allowed to exist that does not demonstrate a passing grade in observing the Golden Rule. That would mean hitting the mark at least 60% of the time. For those 40% who choose enmity over unity I say treat them as they want others to be treated," he concluded.