It’s not the first time the thought has occurred to me: the possibility that the committee has overlooked an obvious, worthy candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize. As millions have enjoyed yet another holiday season of reconnecting with friends and family from around the globe, without so much as walking out to their mailbox, I have found myself thinking again: “What other technology, teaching, scientific formula, fictional writing, piece of art, or political leader has done more to connect people in peaceable ways than Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook.
It may have started as a college kid’s idea to revolutionize the dating game, but it has morphed into a world-changing manner of staying in touch with people and groups and issues–in real time. Has it been misused at times?… preyed upon by malevolent spirits and hackers? Absolutely…but then, what hasn’t? Evil, all the way back to the Serpent in The Garden, has always found ways to distort the truth and taint even the best of life. For the most part, though, Facebook has been a good thing.
Question: How many reading these words have enjoyed seeing pics, over the past week, of that faraway soldier-loved one in Iraq or Afghanistan? How many have seen photos of holiday decorations and favorite dishes, and families opening gifts–pics that almost made you feel like you were there? Has anyone seen video of folks sharing their renditions of “Frosty the Snowman or “Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer”? How about generational pics—baby and new mother and grandmother and great-grandmother? How about a baby experiencing their very first Christmas?
Talk about “peace on earth, good will toward men”. I would venture a guess that ninety-eight percent of what I have experienced over the past week has been good news! Bridge-building… “let’s be friends”… “miss you”… “wish you were here” material. Exclude the Duck Dynasty—let’s call it “perspective sharing”—and you have a pretty cool, “We are family!” love fest going—complete with a candle-lit “Silent night…holy night” conclusion.
I’ve shared before that religion, in its purest form, was meant to bring people back together, back to God, back to our best selves. The goal? Peace. Shalom. I, for one, am of the opinion that Facebook has helped to nudge the Earth ball in that direction.
For that reason, I vote, “Mark Zuckerberg for the Nobel Peace Prize in Technology.”
Now,…where do I send my ballot?