A Strictly Business Internet: Can it Work?
Imagine if we had a new Internet, one with no social media, one where only those who had access were there by appointment. Not that we would do away with the Internet as it is now, but imagine if we had a "Business Internet" where one's access was available only by thumbprint and license.
Imagine an Internet that could bring prosperity into countries by a free enterprise system that would not violate any religious laws, nor bring any indignation, for it would be under the control of the household who lets it in. Imagine a resurgence of a more "capitalistic" world economy that was inclusive of all people and based on "integrity" and fair business dealings.
Imagine an Internet that made you a star, where you came up remotely to speak in a different language to a satellite office in Japan, for example, that your company gave you license to do. Imagine a home with a complex computer setup, soundproof walls, stage lighting for effect, and the operator of that system knowing, not just one language, but perhaps three different languages, who is a secretary for both his or her U.S. boss, as well as his clients. Imagine a salary much lower than what is being paid now for secretarial services - but also imagine how much money working from home would save you if you did not need a car or train to get to work.
Imagine a "graphics" designer, employed remotely, or other service that is provided in private because of the high security a strictly business Internet by design would create.
Imagine a poor person in a less developed country being able to create and sell their arts and crafts and other goods over the Internet to generate income for their family that was not in violation of any of their country's laws, where they were not exposed to "social media," or had to show their face, but who had license for business dealings of the highest integrity through their company or government. (I am speaking here of an Internet that holds the highest integrity in business dealings, not one we have now where others can sabotage or block someone else's products, or by its laws deny the individual the freedom to sell. What stands in the way of a country allowing its citizens to sell? Answer: Integrity and license.)
Imagine a kind of capitalism that demanded the highest integrity in business dealings (that could be measured), that if one violated that integrity, they would be fired and no longer able to partake in Internet business dealings. [To those who say capitalism is by itself "greedy" I challenge you to entertain the thought that the reason that is so is because those that violated laws in the past (and even now) were able to circumvent the kind of scrutiny and integrity that a "business" Internet would demand by its design.]
Imagine a surge of need for persons of the highest intelligence, and those educated in philosophy, science, literature and all of the arts, for communications between peoples in different lands that would require these skills.
What would this create? Would it create war? Would it bring understanding across cultural barriers?
Imagine households in the United States being comprised of one spouse who works at home and another who works outside the home. If this could happen, can you imagine what would result in communities who have one adult or another in the home all day? Answer: There would be a surge and rise in "gated communities" and lots of children being born. There would be a community again for children to grow, children who would have lots of friends and be safe playing outside like they used to years ago. Solid communities, as they had in the past, would cultivate in children a greater understanding of people's cultural differences and personalities, for they would grow up being exposed to all the different people in their community. Above all, and most importantly, a needy child in the neighborhood would not be neglected.
People could still be independent from the others if they chose to be. They could still have their lifestyle choices; but as it works both ways in life, all would need to respect the need to have children raised in healthy environments, since it is they that are our country's most precious resource.
There would still be need for "nanny's" and "household helpers," but the parent who is at home will be there at all times to supervise those who are taking care of their children, and not feel - like many do now - that they are not there for their children.
There would also be need for "gardeners" and lawn maintenance workers, need for laundresses and nurses, there would be all kinds of services created to serve various communities as well; in short, there would be a surge of jobs created for all kinds of people.
Imagine a world where doing business over the Internet helps others, through the exchange of ideas, to make the most of what they have, and where "WORK" transcends our differences as a people, where "work" is a distraction from differences that emotions alone create.
Finally - imagine a business Internet that the government can watch all day if it wants, where you know you are being watched and others are watching too, where the best "hackers" in the country are utilized to "watch" and "prevent" rather than "cause" manipulation.
I don't know. Perhaps it's just a dream, but when we think on all that is tearing us apart in this world, it might be worth at least a shot. I personally feel that much of our differences can be settled in business dealings and work. Currently, at least to my observation, the only view people have of our country is through the lens of an Internet and television that does not expose or show the good things that made us what we truly are, and all the hardworking people we have in our country. (I was amazed to read, for example, how a poor family somewhere in India watched "Baywatch" on their TV set and actually believed that all Americans lived like that, what they saw on that show.)
No - we are hardworking and we have needs like everyone else. It is why I believe that having a "Business Internet" only could be a means by which we can share the exchange of ideas and the creative and intelligent "character" of our country, who we truly are, rather than what is currently projected in the media. And it can do the same for us.
© 2013 Cynthia Taggart