Awakening

Please view the video below. It says through a mythical story, enhanced with music and art, the primary message of “Mary Elizabeth Sings” that we are all one, spiritually, and, therefore, we are all inherently equal. The video, also, speaks of the fallacy of believing in temporal power and temptations, instead of trusting in eternal truths which are of God.

The words, below, written by New York Times columnist, Thomas Friedman, in his June 4, 2011 column, entitled, “Advice for China,” reinforce ideas I have posted on “Mary Elizabeth Sings” that the world is becoming more interconnected and egalitarian: 

“Sometime around the year 2000, the world achieved a very high level of connectivity, virtually flattening the global economic playing field. This web of connectivity was built on the diffusion of personal computers, fiber-optic cable, the Internet and Web servers. What this platform did was to make Boston and Beijing or Detroit and Damascus next-door neighbors. It brought some 2 billion people into a global conversation. . .

. . . Therefore, the role of leaders today — of companies and countries — is to inspire, empower, enable and then edit and meld all that innovation coming from the bottom up. But that requires more freedom for the bottom. Do you see what I mean, sir?

But this is not about technology alone. As the Russian historian Leon Aron has noted, the Arab uprisings closely resemble the Russian democratic revolution of 1991 in one key respect: They were both not so much about freedom or food as about ‘dignity.’ They each grew out of a deep desire by people to run their own lives and to be treated as ‘citizens’ — with both obligations and rights that the state cannot just give and take by whim.

If you want to know what brings about revolutions, it is not G.D.P. rising or falling, says Aron, ‘it is the quest for dignity.’ We always exaggerate people’s quest for G.D.P. and undervalue their quest for ideals. ‘Dignity before bread’ was the slogan of the Tunisian revolution. ‘The spark that lights the fuse is always the quest for dignity,’ said Aron. ‘Today’s technology just makes the fire much more difficult to put out.’

We need to keep that in mind in China, sir. We should be proud of the rising standard of living that we have delivered for our people. Many of them appreciate that. But it is not the only thing in their lives — and at some point it won’t be the most important thing. Do you see what I mean, sir?”

To read Thomas Friedman’s complete column, go to this link: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/05/opinion/05friedman.html?_r=1&hp

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