What imminent danger does the world face? What makes the world unsafe for our kids? There is terrorism. There is global warming. Criminals use advanced technologies. Some say religious intolerance is rising. Rampant industrialization is not just killing the environment, it is also killing societies and cultures.
We live in a connected world which is both an advantage and a disadvantage (as a particular class of liberals believes after what happened with Donald Trump). Donald Trump or not, our unprecedented ability to communicate certainly enables us to create a better world for our children, and this is what Mark Zuckerberg explains in this very long Facebook post.
Facebook means community building across regional boundaries. Considering its reach, Facebook has already started community initiatives such as “Community Help” so that people can help each other during natural and man-made disasters and emergencies.
The biggest benefit of Facebook and other such social networking websites is that they can help build very strong communities and through these communities people can communicate with each other, connect with each other, across borders, across continents and across seas. Zuckerberg has the following points to ponder regarding communities:
- How do we help people build supportive communities that strengthen traditional institutions in a world where membership in these institutions is declining?
- How do we help people build a safe community that prevents harm, helps during crises and rebuilds afterwards in a world where anyone across the world can affect us?
- How do we help people build an informed community that exposes us to new ideas and builds common understanding in a world where every person has a voice?
- How do we help people build a civically-engaged community in a world where participation in voting sometimes includes less than half our population?
- How do we help people build an inclusive community that reflects our collective values and common humanity from local to global levels, spanning cultures, nations and regions in a world with few examples of global communities?
The moot point of this post is, bringing humans together to form supportive communities. I think this is a good string of thoughts. Although many are connecting the post with the forwarding of the concept of Facebook, this can be applied to any online community. Every social networking website should encourage people to form communities that talk about issues that really matter, rather than simply posting food photographs.
Image source: The above Facebook post