Thursday, December 23, 2010

Sociological Significance of Facebooks Map of the World

This stunning map, put together by a Facebook intern, has been making it's rounds.

But it really got me thinking.

Physical borders are beginning to look archaic. Less an less do we see an ambiguous flag representing a sea of faceless individuals. We are beginning to see others for who they are; as human beings, with friends, family, interests, and dreams.

The global interconnectedness that the Internet allows is creating a new consciousness. I'm not talk about the hive mind that is the web, but a new consciousness of our relationship to our fellow human being, even if that human being is on the other side of the planet.

You can already see how we are thinking a lot differently about issues. Just 50 years ago the average American didn't care that millions of people were starving in Africa in contrast to their lifestyle. It's affecting our morals and constructing a new global worldview (In that sense, it is a much truer all encompassing "world"view).

With the increasing interconnectedness of humanity comes a new age without borders. The age has passed where the Greeks relished in the excess and luxury of water and Americans flippantly consumed energy and resources without thought to those who had not. Increasingly our moral obligation to humanity as one is being revealed. This changes our minds and our hearts and must also change our social structures if we hope for an existence without futilely numbing ourselves to the pain and suffering of the world around us.

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