Why the Internet Might Be the Cause of World War III

Thought of the week:

The poor are also the many. They are not represented. They are not the ruling class. The poor are 99.9% of the population: they are workers – be it in factories (not many humans work there any more), hospitals, courts of law, banks, television, you name it. They are the ones with no money or no time of their own – or both.

Until not so long ago the many felt isolated and depressed. They felt they were alone, left to struggle in a world gone irremediably wrong. The supposedly independent media added to that feeling: economic crises, deadly diseases, deadly weapons in the hands of the amoral made up the menu of every single day. They went every day to work, a meaningless job they didn’t dare to hate because they knew damn well they could lose it at any moment. There was alcohol, Prozac, Mary Jane, Viagra and holidays to help them keep going.

And then there was the Internet.

A place where all questions get immediate answers, where everybody is the expert in some unique field, everyone can share a thought, an idea, a new way to open a coconut, a new improvement for a Molotov cocktail… The place where eyes can be opened on planetary problems. The place where people find coaches who tell them there is much more to them than what they have been previously taught.

Note that it’s not at all easy to use it. The Internet was very rapidly flooded with outrageous pornography, useful idiots, paranoiacs gone off medication and about any type of propaganda you can think off. Not to mention all the actual products that can be bought with a click. Not to mention Google and its ranking algorithms. Not to mention the social media  and virtual life traps.

Nevertheless, over the years, in all the chaos, there has been a growing feeling of togetherness, people have started to slowly realize they face the same problems. They start to heal. They feel empowered. They start to search the origin of their problems. They start to be politically aware. They start to hold some people accountable. They start to point fingers in the same direction.

You must recognize these are the symptoms of turning tides. Revolution.

You must remember that humanity has been here before. And the powers that be have already successfully reacted to the threat:

the answer is: WAR

The New Givers


Mark and Priscilla Zuckerberg  started the month of December with a wonderful  letter to their newborn daughter and a pledge to give 99% of their Facebook shares to charity. The news was greeted with applauses by fellow billionaires and generally by the media.

Why did they do it?  “because (they) have a moral responsibility to all children in the next generation“.  Because they feel it cannot wait until they are older.

This kind of thinking must be miles away from the one most baby boomers have held dear for decades. This must come as a shock – their grandchildren are nothing like them.

Boomers were the generation born in the wake of Word War II. They knew what it is to be hungry. They knew what it is to live with damaged parents, physically and psychologically. They were handed the remains of the world, had a brief moment of peace&love daydreaming, then put on the black suit and got on with business. They never thought beyond themselves. Previous generations put next generations’ wellbeing before their own instant gratification. Boomers have broken this sacred chain. The post-war generation thought “let’s grab all we can and if hell breaks loose, well, it will probably not be in our lifetime!”. Not only don’t they usually help their children and grandchildren financially, but they expect them to pay for everything. Theirs was the era of banks thriving on loans for everything from education to cars, homes, television sets, holidays, air to breathe.

Millennials on the other hand have only heard stories about war. They were raised in a world of abundance. Technology gave them a sense of virtual togetherness. They consider themselves citizens of the world. And their moral responsibility has grown to match their expectations. In 2014, a survey found that 84% of millennials had made a charitable donation that year, hopefully not only to get a tax refund.

Wait a minute, there’s something wrong with this kind of thinking! People wearing tags and being responsible as a generation for all that is wrong in the world is convenient, but rarely true. Maybe boomers were much like millennials when they were in their late twenties. Maybe all post-war generations are ego-centered. Maybe all peacetime generations are generous. We may never know exactly, although a new world war could help us see clearer.

Meantime, let’s enjoy our new generation of givers! Chapeau Monsieur Zuckerberg.