Disconnected

The world is becoming completely disconnected in what is supposedly the most technologically connected time for the human race. We have more digital connections than ever, yet we are total strangers even to our neighbours. We’ll take a picture of someone in trouble and post it to the internet before helping.

The reason we are becoming completely disconnected is that we hear the hate, the fear, the news, the message, we judge, we blame and so on. We are sucked into the vortex of the online world, even at the cost of ignoring family, friends, and people in general.

But we do not listen and therefore we fail to understand each other. Hearing the noise is different from understanding it.

If for a moment we leave our bubble, if we listen to others instead of ranting, if we stop making noise and choose to understand and empathise with others, then we will discover what we have in common not what we can hate in the others.

We can only connect once we discover what we have in common and surprisingly we all have something in common, even if that is just that we will all die one day. However, there are many, many more things that we share with others, but we simply do not understand. We all have the ability to love, to be kind, to support, to empathise, to be compassionate.

We could choose to listen and connect, there is only upside from such a choice.

52 years ago

52 years ago humans hadn’t walked on the moon, ok, I know some still believe they still haven’t. The Vietnam War was in full swing. England had just won the World Cup, that hasn’t happened again. Computers were the size of a bus and there were only two tv channels, both in black and white.

I could, if I choose to, broadcast my message from a handheld device, intriguingly known as a ‘smartphone’, while sitting on a train to the whole world. Wait I do, well not billions but people from nearly 170 different countries have read my blog.

I could, but I don’t choose to, have my own TV channel, my own music channel (I’m about as musical as a rock, so I’ll spare you, and so on.

We can communicate our message to anyone via many different channels, often for free. Before you had to be a government or rich.

We have all that we need to be heard, we just have to choose to and not to use excuses.

What will the excuses be in 52 years from now?