In the face of a seemingly unending litany of disasters and human suffering, it is more important now than ever to understand the connectivity of humanity. We can respond to the horrors of Christchurch, Sendai, Rwanda or Libya either by thanking fate that we dodged that particular bullet, or by empathizing with the pain in a personal, yet universal way. Economically, politically, socially we are more connected now than ever before. Our security is inextricably bound to the security of Palestinians, Libyans, Chinese and North Koreans; our communities share blood and family ties with every other community in the world, our social networking is forging very real and profound friendships across borders and oceans. The biological truth that we all come from the same organic compounds forged at the beginning of time ( a scientific and pragmatic understanding of our “oneness,”) takes on more immediate relevance when we witness our brothers and sisters in such distress. I don’t know exactly where this is all going, but if these new engines of “connectedness” can topple deeply rooted, autocratic regimes as well as reveal, Venus-like, fully formed teenage heart- throb / pop-stars, then, surely, they can help us find a way to reach out and heal those in peril all over our fragile planet.
So, especially now, remember, my friends……Only Connect!