Changed People Can Change the World

Changed People Can Change the World

James C. Denison

You and I are living in a day of unprecedented change. Sociologists tell us that 90% of all the changes which have occurred in human history have taken place in the last 100 years; 90% of these have occurred in the last ten years.

For example:

•One out of eight couples married in the United States last year met online.

•More text messages were sent and received today than the planet’s population.

•Today’s New York Times contains more information than a person living in colonial America would encounter in his or her lifetime.

•In 25 years, a cell phone will fit in a blood cell.

•In a few years, a computer will exist with the computational capacity of the human brain.

•By 2045, a $1000 computer will possess the computational capacity of the human race.

Changes are occurring across the political landscape of our day as well. The “Arab Spring” pro-democracy youth-led movement in the Middle East is transforming nations from Tunisia and Egypt to Jordan, Yemen and Libya. I was in Israel in March, and can tell you that the Israeli government is both hopeful and concerned about these changes. Who would have imagined that Twitter, Facebook and text messages could overthrow dictators and change governments?