Deepak Chopra spoke at the 2012 Social Good Summit this week, and took the opportunity to express his views on the transformative power of social media. Chopra believes that Social Media was created as an extension of society’s innate need to communicate intimately, and to feel connected to the larger world.
He believes we are responsible for applying this medium to transform our planet, “Technology is our creation; we weren’t created by technology, so let’s use our creation to bring about a healing,” Chopra said. “At the most fundamental level, we are not just connected, we are inseparable.”
His belief in the interconnectedness of all things is pretty illuminating. It sheds light on why the modern person spends hours pouring over their friend’s Facebook pages, or updating their Twitter feed so that their current state-of-being could be more understood.
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However, Chopra urged us to begin to use this technology in a more efficient way, towards a grander goal than our own personal lives, “What drones can’t do, what the armies can’t do, what the weapons can’t do, what the weapons of mass destruction can’t do, what biological warfare can’t do — we can do through technology to heal the world,” Chopra said.
While society depends on computers as a form of communication, we often forget we are the creators of this technology, “You can never program true intelligence into a computer,” said the guru.
It is this push towards responsibility-awareness and becoming conscious of our own human capacities that has made Deepok a cultural leader for decades. While his words may sound far-fetching to some, it is this sort of mindset that will be needed if we ever hope to heal our world.