The Miss Universe 2016 fever continues to rage in the Philippines. There seems to be a never-ending stream of comments on Maxine Medina’s response to the question, “What is the most significant change you’ve seen in the last 10 years?” Maxine had only a few seconds to come up with a response. The rest of us, however, have had a lot of time to think through the question; therefore, do not claim that you could have given a pageant-winning response.
The question Steve Harvey asked acknowledges that the world is in constant motion. It is always changing. Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, is credited with saying, “Change is the only constant in life.” This is definitely true over the past 10 years.
One observable change is the constitution of the world’s population. For example, if we could shrink the 7.5 billion people of the world into a village of 100 people, this is how the village would look like today:
Due to advances in technology and the prevalence of social media, this “global village”is becoming smaller and smaller. It is so easy to get connected with anyone anywhere in the world. This connectedness gives us the feeling of living in a village where everybody knows everyone. Through social media, it is so easy to express love, concern, sympathy and solidarity with loved ones or with those in distress who are living halfway around the globe. Sadly, it also becomes so easy to express our displeasure and hatred over Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms.
How shall we live then in view of the fact that our global village is constantly changing and getting smaller? That’s simple. Follow the Golden Rule:
“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets”(Matthew 7:12 NLT).