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We are the Children of the Internet

I recently heard an interview with the American boys who organized the March 24th demonstration to protest the extreme spread of weapons in the United States. Michael Moore has made a documentary about the evolution of American democracy and interviewed the organizers of this amazing protest. The journalist asked a girl, who was about 18, where she found the drive and the strength to organize that immense event and especially from where she had learned the necessary skills. She spontaneously answered: “We are the children of the Internet.” It is necessary, in my opinion, to become cognizant of the radical change that this phrase entails. This, by necessity, is destined to change the structure of the world’s organization, which will need new models to build itself in an increasingly democratic way. I believe it is extremely important to underline the generational change that exists between us and all generations that have preceded us, starting from that of our parents. We are born in a new, open source world, where everyone can talk and everyone can listen. This inherently damages the persuasive force of the States that have always used obsolete monodirectional media for communication, such as television or other similar instruments.

We really are the children of the internet, the children of potential total psychological freedom. This is due to the fact that, theoretically, released from any swindle with political and social ends, everything can potentially be read by endless sources and seen from infinite points of view. This makes us completely different from all other generations, making the future world terribly new compared to all that has been so far. We Westerners are free to read what we want; however, not everyone can move around the world with the same freedom. The form of states has always radically evolved as means of communication and transport change. For example, with the invention of the telegraph and the development of steam engines, the advanced states succeeded in occupying almost the entire world as men were redistributed on the planet via vast migration. The Internet is a revolution – just as the steam was to sails and the telegraph was to horse-delivered mail. The dimension of the future citizen is no longer his state of origin; not only does it encompass the neighborhood where he buys bread, goes to the cinema, dines out, and meets people, but also the world he reaches through a screen.

This new expanse of accessibility gives people the duty and desire to constantly live in the balance between his city and the global village. Tracing nations, arming borders, emphasizing linguistic differences, brandishing one’s own national identity, and other anachronistic illusions are, in my opinion, useless dreams of an era that no longer exists, one that has permanently been destroyed by the Internet. The only value that should be emphasized and that can resist the coming years is that of the community, of the cohesion of a world that has become shared among most all humans. It is necessary to find models of political and social morphologies in order to aim to dismantle the current construct that is the “nation.”

The Church could provide an important model of universal citizenship, guaranteed by a unique and global governance, based only on belief and not on the place of birth. (This that I’m expressing absolutely doesn’t mean that I hope for a world ruled by the Church or similar confessional States, it is only an example of institutional conformation.)  All Catholics tied by a single community, to some degree, regardless of whether they are Mexican, French, or Central African. The future world, in my opinion, should be oriented in this light, in which man can be divided between his neighborhood and the world as the faithful is divided between the parish and the Catholic community, where the word has its meaning synonymous with “universal.” Globalization is inevitable. It is up to us to actively decide and facilitate the changing shifts in its manifestation.  

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