We live in a technologically broadband world where we want things to be delivered to our screens and front door as fast as possible. Going back to anything slower would not be acceptable. Technology has changed our world.
If we are using broadband and change in technology as a metaphor it makes me wonder why politically and culturally so many people want to go back to the dark ages. No one I know is pining for the good old days of dial-up Internet where it took forever to get online and we had to wait so long for things to appear on our screens.
Lately there has been the call of going back to a time where some feel like the world was at its best makes me wonder. Can you imagine people not having access to a broadband world let alone a world of opportunities they were not able to enjoy. Doesn’t it make sense to move forward and to give everyone the broadest opportunities in life where information as well as free and open existence is something they can count on.
Those who seek to narrow the bandwidth of life sound selfish to me. To throttle the speed of change isn’t a very just thing to do. A fast pipe is not too much to ask for people who seem to be told that 56K dial-up is all they should ever hope to get. Let’s just hope some people aren’t going to be taken back to the time before technology revolutionized everything. I hope that no one would have to be relegated to places where they aren’t even let in a library or a school or even places where people are making decisions that impact their lives.
Amazing things can happen in a community when there is a level playing field for everyone. That means that you and others can go higher and do more things together. Equality and opportunity are important to make the 21st century its best. On the job its especially important when you want to advance your cause to have everyone working together at full strength.
Being awesome means having everyone be awesome from the same place.
Tonight in Georgia a woman is on death row set to die for the murder of her husband. Kelly Gissendaner did a very bad thing, but should it mean she should die too? You might be surprised that I have supported the death penalty, but now I am having new thoughts about it. Are we a society where capital punishment is still an option? In many places in this country and around the world it is.
Is justice really served with an eye for an eye? As Pope Francis said recently life is precious and with that being said, should we end one life to get redemption/revenge for the taking of another life. Some would say there are situations where it is warranted such as in the cases where children are concerned. As a believer I am concerned with the aspects of justice where some on death row are wrongly convicted of crimes they did not commit. So many are in prisons for life because of bad evidence and witness testimony.
This is not an easy thing to figure out. Perhaps we should all work to be sure things like crimes don’t happen so the death penalty are not an issue. Everyone has their own views and no two people agree about every aspect of this difficult subject. Death is a serious thing, it will always be.
I have been back and forth on the death penalty. However there comes situations where evil needs to be punished. Grace should be extended to everyone but for those who seek to do mass destruction and killing of innocent people they need to be brought to justice in a way that fits the crimes they commit. Perhaps this is an opportunity to love our neighbors in a radical way so they will learn to love others too.