This I Believe

Ander - Raleigh, North Carolina
Entered on June 23, 2007
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: community, family

I believe in communication. I believe that communication between countries, societies, and generations will ultimately benefit the world we live in. By communication I mean proper communication, of course. Communicating can spread ideas and help create a greater circle of knowledge. I feel this is so important because there is so much to be learned in the world that one should not be limited to what is right in front of them. A collection of knowledge should be gathered and easily assessable to any person who wants it. Our communication between countries needs to be improved. It seems the only type we currently have is war, and conflict. This needs to change. Who knows, the cure for A.I.D.S, cancer, and cystic fibrosis could be found in these countries we fight against or ignore because of political differences. The international language should not be money, or war instead it should be knowledge. The world has so much to gain from this change. Our societies should not be looked at with only differences in mind, but similarities as well. Just because something is different does not mean it is wrong. By communicating with other societies we could learn of their culture, and understand the meanings behind their society. So rather than thinking everything is wrong or evil, we can understand each other; whether that be religion, government, education, and personal life. Communicating with the people in our own families can lead to so much personal gain. We can learn from our elders about everything. It’s like that saying, if we understand history we can learn from its mistakes. Not just the mistakes of history are important, but the advances as well. All of this can be gained through proper communication. I believe that in the world we live in with the internet, and cellular phones, communication should be quite easy. As I sit here writing this essay I can be chatting, instantly, with a friend in another country. I could be emailing my grandmother, or I could be researching on the internet the origins of Buddhism. My point is, all of this is at the tip of our fingers and we should utilize this in a productive manner. Communication is the process which knowledge is passed through time, across oceans, and beyond boundaries.