The evolution of the internet now makes forums for discussion like this possible - for the average person - for the first time in history. Every time I begin to read these threads, I am struck by the “one world” aspect of our little community. It is so exciting to have discussions with people not only from all over the US, but also from China and other Asian countries, Great Britain, Holland, some ex-Soviet countries, Canada, Israel, some European and South American countries, Australia, New Zealand and many others. How, if at all, do you think this these new lines of nearly instantaneous communication will change human consciousness? Will it eventually make a difference in international politics? Are we as likely to war with each other? Is our concept of “neighbor” already changing? Could the internet [he asks whimsically] make us all one big happy family? I have long argued that the internet could make dictators impossible, war unacceptable, and that it could eventually lead to a true world community; where the nation state will finally serve no purpose. Isn’t a basis of any community communication? I would think this must change our perceptions of each other. I don't mean to ignore the economics, but with the advent of the international corporation, and then the multi-national conglomerates, the economics would also seem to be changing. Do forums like this qualify as a basis for a new world super-culture? I won’t push the point, but I feel that we are all participating in a fantastic experiment: The new community of Terra. I feel that this rates as a significant event in human history.