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Humanity Saved By The Internet

Actually, the news from the Department of Homeland Security is just the opposite, according to Boing Boing citing Reuters on Chertoff: The internet is turning people into terrorists.

According to the article:

    Disaffected people living in the United States may develop radical ideologies and potentially violent skills over the internet and that could present the next major U.S. security threat, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said on Monday. "We now have a capability of someone to radicalize themselves over the internet," Chertoff said on the sidelines of a meeting of International Association of the Chiefs of Police. "They can train themselves over the internet. They never have to necessarily go to the training camp or speak with anybody else and that diffusion of a combination of hatred and technical skills in things like bomb-making is a dangerous combination," Chertoff said. "Those are the kind of terrorists that we may not be able to detect with spies and satellites."

Disaffected people can also become evangalized by the Internet, learn how to self-heal from depression, or focus on sacred wisdom and writings of compassion. Anything's possible. What's happening is that we are becoming more and more interconnected and sharing knowledge. If 'a little learning is a dangerous thing,' it remains to be seen whether a lot will create a safer or more dangerous world.

One way to view the matter is the more transparency, the better. Because those who cause harm and learn ways to do so on the Internet will also be able to see the results much more immediately and directly. And if they have a human heart and some amount of self-reflection they will perhaps be able to tap into the fact that creating suffering does no good no matter what ideology creates the crust of a surface defense.

Chertoff's concern is valid, from a security standpoint, but as with all things, there are other valid perspectives that should be taken into account. For me, the ultimate question remains: what are all these developments teaching humanity, and where are we being lead?

Pundits say the rate of technology is accelerating so geometrically that the world in five years will be unrecognizable (and cannot possibly be imagined today). But on a planetary soul level, are we collectively heading more into authenticity, and toward creation of a shared vision of values that enable human growth, or toward the opposite? Focusing on the fears and worst case scenarios is important for defense, but only part of the equation.

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