What does it say about contemporary society when across the globe technologies advance while human relations decline? One would think with the advancement in communication technology, it would be easier for us to connect and stay connected.
Instead, we are plagued with divides. We are divided when it comes to the role of government in our lives, race and gender equality, access to a quality education, trade, and immigration policy, participation in war, on and on.
It should be easy to share factual information and have ongoing conversations to find solutions to the problems and challenges we share in common. This should be especially true when it comes to governmental and political issues. So why isn’t good dialogue and communication occurring on the national, regional, state or local levels of government?
This decline in effective communication among us, the decline in civility, plagues not only the United States, but points across the globe.
One could argue there are many reasons: a lack of understanding of the gravity of issues; self-interest being put above the public good; and the growing misuse of technology by passing false information as truth.
But, perhaps, the greatest reason of all is the absence of a collective will to stand up, speak out, about things that we witness or experience that are clearly wrong or not good to make our society better. We readily tolerate speech and actions that are or will be detrimental to families, communities, and our country—even the well-being of the planet.
We find ourselves in awe and applauding as technologies advance while human relations decline. It not just in the political arena. Often, it is evident in the family and work environment. We have all the communication technology at our fingertips and yet we fail to communicate with each other. Sadly, we seem to be fine with it.
Technological advancements in other areas like medicine, transportation, agriculture, space exploration, environmental preservation, etc. abound. But, ultimately, what good is it if it is not used to improve the human condition?
As long as we stand by and allow greed, biases, prejudices and other forms of self-interest to prevail, we will continue to see technologies advance while human relations decline.
How unfortunate. How potentially tragic. But, it is not too late to stand up and do our part.
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