Yesterday was the Autumnal Equinox and also the day when the Forbes 400 list (the richest people in America) got released. It was also a Harvest Moon, and Facebook’s Zuckerberg is reportedly wealthier than Apple’s Steve Jobs. So what’s a full moon in the height of the crop that helps farmers keep awake and busy gathering their summer production have to do with a 26-year-old kid that got filthy rich in social-networking?
Humans are social beings, and we long for community. The busy modern life does not allow enough time for that, we are always on the go, office workers, disconnected from the natural world, looking at glaring screens. That is why last night, when my self-proclaimed pagan boyfriend invited me to see the moon, I said why not, and boy, was I glad I did. Imagine not so long ago, when people sat around a fire or were mesmerized by the full moon, shared stories, exchanged ideas, checked on each other in a much slower pace. Connected.
Modern cubiclemen crave that. We never had so many means of communication (email, chats, Twitter, blogging, texting) and yet many of us may feel so disconnected, alienated, set aside. So thank Zuck for his product, which no wonder is getting more popular than Google, since now we can escape and gather. Rub virtual shoulders. Laugh about silly things, get concerned about worrisome things, partage all that is in our busy minds with all our hundreds or so e-friends. It’s not the village dancing for the moon anymore, but hey, the world got so large lately.
And Zuckerberg is sharing his wealth just like his other friends in the Forbes list. Donating $100 million to help Newark schools, all in Facebook shares. The only problem is how the schools will turn such generosity into pencils and paper, since for the meanwhile such money is also virtual: Facebook is not public yet. Somehow it got me missing times when a luckier or hardworking farmer simply gave away his surplus of corn and pumpkins to their neighbors.