Noah denkt™ - The Power of Balanced Reasoning
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Orlando, Magnanville, Birstall…. Out of the box-thinking is required to deal with
the rising tide of lunacy and hate in our digital society
Observation a day after the killing of British MP Jo Cox, drafted and published on June 17, 2016
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The murder of British Labour MP Jo Cox has left us just as devastated as the mass shooting in Orlando and the
killing of Jean-Baptiste Savaing and Jessica Schneider in Magnanville, France. There can be no denying that
our Western societies are being faced with a rising tide of highly aggressive pathological behavior and hate.
And yet governments are hard pressed to find adequate answers to quell that phenomenon. Under these
circumstances it doesn’t take much to imagine that Asian leaders in the tradition of Dr. Mahattir Mohamad, Lee
Kwan Yew or Li Peng are now sitting in their offices thinking to themselves that recent events in Orlando and
elsewhere only confirm their long-held believe according to which Western values of freedom, democracy and
equality ultimately won’t do the trick.  

Nevertheless the final bell on Western values hasn’t tolled yet. So there is still room for Western society to
adapt and reinvent itself in order to successfully address the challenges which a disintegrating digital society
imposes on it.. And obviously, that reinvention needs to start from a correct analysis of the true causes that lie
behind the rising tide of pathologic aberrations.  

Now, some people may be inclined to view massive immigration as one of the leading causes for the growing  
violence in our Western societies. The simple fact though that mind-boggling violence spans the entire social
spectrum from middle-class hooligans, to shit-storm generating millennials to right-wing terrorists and ISIS
suicide bombers suggest that migration may not be at the heart of the matter here.

In our humble view, it is the consequences of digital telecommunication that need to feature prominently in the
diagnostic analysis of the causes for social disintegration.  Questions like the following need to be answered
and answered honestly:

Is it true that increased telecommunication reduces the need for physical activity which in turn
decreases the
likelihood of the production of endorphins in the human brain? Is it true that the physical distancing that comes
with telecommunication reduces the interpersonal commitment that telecommunication participants may feel
towards each other? Is it true that the physical distancing which telecommunication allows decreases
participants’ ability to bear and countenance unsatisfying and frustrating social interaction and entertainment?
Is it true that subject physical distancing all too often deprives telecommunication participants off the ability to
juxtapose words with the corresponding body language? Is it true that the fast-pace nature of digital
communication is a detriment to the training and maintaining of mental focus? Do all of the aforementioned
elements indeed lead to a loss of balance and empathy in social interaction? And does the latter truly explain
why more people tend to go postal these days?

If the answer to questions like those raised above is indeed in the affirmative then it would probably make
sense to hold a national referendum not on Brexit, gay marriage or other largely secondary issues but on the
proposal whether certain aspects of telecommunication should simply be banned since they are deemed to be
too detrimental to social cohesion.

Now, Noah denkt™ is quite aware of the fact that technological progress is here to stay and that it has just as
many welcome as unwelcome side effects. This project, after all, would not exist if it weren’t for digital
communication. So, our own position in this is largely ambivalent. And yet, we must address our challenges with
reason and open eyes. That is the bases which created the industrial revolution in the first place. And that is
how we should take it into the future.
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Keywords:

government response to terrorism, analysis of the increasing incidents of horrific
violence in the post-modern society, disintegration in the digital society,
increasing, social cohesion in the digital age, technological progress and social
cohesion