Since the introduction of the Internet through the concept and development of ARPAnet (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) during the early 1960’s, life for us as human being has literally been moving at light-speed.
Or at least to most of us, that is the way it would appear.
Yes…our technology has advanced. We as human beings are able to see more, do more and create more in a fraction of the time that it took us before we had the Internet.
It is just too bad that the development of our species has become so stagnant – unable to evolve past our rudimental primitive instincts to tear down, hurt, injure and kill one another over ideas and issues that hold about as much importance as a glass of spilled milk.
The Internet, in its brief history, has become one of the most sophisticated weapons that we have at our disposal, transcending from an instrument primarily used for information and communication to a tool that is used to taunt, torment and sometimes destroy individuals, groups and/or organizations.
Today, people of all ages, education levels and backgrounds from around the world have unregulated access to a device that is seemingly giving more power to the distasteful side of our human nature, and providing fewer opportunities for personal growth and progress.
For example, on September 22, 2010, Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge after his roommate and another classmate allegedly used a webcam to secretly broadcast his dorm room sexual encounters with another man. This and several other incidents such as this have occurred over the years where the Internet has been used to expose and destroy rather than educate and elevate.
Internet enhancements such as My Space, Facebook, and Twitter have not helped in this matter as they are primarily used for either self-promotion or to talk (gossip) about others.
The Internet (just like the gun) is only providing us with the access and opportunity – it is not responsible for making us post damaging personal information about other people, nor is it responsible for making people who are targeted choose to take their own life.
Our present-day culture is clashing with the Internet - converting our less favorable qualities as humans into assets, while weakening our ability as individuals to be civil, fair-minded and compassionate towards one another.
Teasing and bullying are at an all-time high. The Internet has made it easier to locate, isolate and attack the people that predators choose to target.
However, the answer to this problem is reasonably simple. We need to find and implement strategies that allow us to collectively navigate our way back to the basics; back to a time where we taught our youth the significance of caring, respect and self-esteem.
It is becoming painfully obviously with each passing day that there are young people who are personally broken, have no direction and are not getting the information they need, causing them to choose alternate routes such as alcohol abuse, drugs, violence, and death.
It is imperative for us today that each one of us understands the importance of knowing and accepting who we are as individuals in order for our species to survive. People who live in either denial or fear of themselves make it extremely difficult for the rest of us to support them.
In other words, you have to be comfortable with you.
If a person refuses to acknowledge and accept his or her race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, it will be next to impossible for anyone else to accept it.
It is through knowledge and acceptance of self that we are able to live free – only then can we become shining examples of the confidence and truth that our present-day world so desperately needs.
When we live freely through knowledge of self, actions such as teasing, bullying and suicide become non-issues.