Mark Zuckerberg and his wife’s letter to our daughter (Dec. 1, 2015) is not really a letter to their daughter but a publicized agenda for the rest of us. They want to improve the world by increasing our human potential and promoting equality. The only way to do that is “to channel the talents, ideas and contribution of very person in the world.” They also aim to “connect the world so you have access to every idea, person, and opportunity.”  (How much capacity does one person have?) They see the key to the future in connecting all of the worlds’s billions of people.
But the only way someone could actually do these things is for technological elites to enforce an agenda on the rest of us and create something I’d call a Zucker-Borg.
Whether the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative can actually do that is another matter. So, should we fear this? Is this another yellow brick in the golden road to One-World and antichrist? Well, it is not likely that billions of dollars will actually be spent effectively–consider government spending on social programs, for example. Look at all the money given to foreign governments for aid. How much of it actually reaches the people it was intended to help?
Certainly, some of their money may do some good in helping cure or alleviate diseases and improve health and education for many. But the grand vision of global equality and empowerment won’t be achieved by mere mortals or the profits from Facebook.
The things that make people happy are not cell phones, computers, websites, and digital information flooding them with endless choices and possibilities. The Zuckerbergs acknowledge what people really need, apparently without realizing it or making it a real priority: At the end of their letter they list what they wish for their daughter Max,
“We wish you a life filled with the same love, hope and joy you give us.”
Imagine that–they want a world filled with such priceless gifts that can be secured from the presence of a mere child! Welcoming the child, and children in general, then, would seem to be a more sure route to human happiness than indulging the child-throwaway world we now have with all of its cell phones, computers and websites. Perhaps they should fund adoptions for the world’s orphans and fund a campaign to end abortions. Health care begins when life begins.