Living in Volatile Times

It’s not unusual to live in volatile times.  Look back on any age of history, and you’ll find it fraught with disasters, the world over.  The difference this time around is in the level of connectivity now available between individuals, towns, countries, and throughout the world.

With the bombardment of news these days, it seems that major mishaps are constantly happening.  We live in a very chaotic era;  the feeling can be overwhelming.

Haven’t disasters always happened?  Why does it seem as if the whole world is simply crumbling around us?  What has changed is that we have ceased to be provincial.  We’re now aware of what takes place in our neighbor’s backyard, and our neighbor’s neighbor’s backyard, often at the very moment action is initiated.   We have access to up-to the minute news, live feeds, from nearly anywhere in the world, anytime we choose.

It can create a sense of overwhelm, this constant stream of information.  But it can also allow us to be better equipped to deal with impending disasters.  In many cases, we have more warning before catastrophe strikes.  More opportunity to take advance action, to prepare ourselves.  And when tragedies do occur, those involved will be less alone, because they will be heard.

With the connectivity of the Internet, aid can come from anywhere.  We are no longer limited by our physical boundaries.  We have become one people, united, on this planet.  With the knowledge available to us, every single individual can make a difference, and not just a small one.  Through connectivity, each single action taken by each one of us, rather than an isolated event, joins with all others to exponential effect: from solitary drops, a great ocean of humanity arises.

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