Year 2016 is apparently an ugly stain on the fabric of USA history and its people. It was a year of divisive politics, anger, controversial statements, and to some ‘missed opportunities.’ For me, however, 2016 taught me more about closeness than distance. The teacher who taught this to me was the stats of my blog:
|Hong Kong SAR China||10|
|United Arab Emirates||4|
I don’t know exactly how to digest this phenomenon. Had I written something 200 years ago in Spain it would take months to reach the Far East, noways it takes quicker to send a message from Barcelona to Tokyo than getting a mailing stamp from your drawer. And that’s from the desk from where you’re typing! This unprecedented far reaching hand of the Web indeed meshed the world together in some very positive ways. (There are many nightmarish dangers that Internet introduced that we can’t ignore. Think about the hateful websites dedicated to alienating people who are different and poisoning the minds of young, ignorant teenagers. Let alone the terror outlets where preachers encourage murder and genocide. But let’s focus on the bright side.)
The geographical separations of continents, the oceans and vast desserts, the great mountains and dangerous jungles, estranged the human family from one another. The Asian and European had no appreciation for each other and therefore grew farther emotionally and intellectually than geographically. Radio, TV, and the telephone did bring communication closer but we were still very far away. Internet closed the gap.
A few lines of poetry or biblical insight I wrote from my office in Jerusalem were read by people in the USA, Saudi Arabia, Peru, China, India, Australia and Italy. At the same time I read posts from all countries listed above and more. I read their poetry and philosophy, I admired their art, sang their music, was fascinated by their natural scenery and learned about their traditional foods. I was fortunate to become a contributing author on an Interfaith blog Blogging Theology where I gained much wisdom and connected with people of all walks of life.
I find it comforting and consoling that in a world so divided by religion, economics and culture I have a little platform on where I can join the millions who’s creativity and experience are forcing the world to harmony.