Of all the writings created by Plato, one of his last works -- if not his last work, dealt with the idea of a perfect world gone bad.
According to Plato, the heavenly maritime kingdom of Atlantis and its capital seaport on a forgotten continent in the western realm was engulfed by earthquakes and floods when its inhabitants apparently misbehaved and were "punished" by the great creator who controls all things on this earth.
The simple moral of Plato's story is a message to any civilization that if power is misused, then expect the destruction of that civilization by the forces of righteousness.
Within our world today there is a social and political institution that was created by the Allied Powers after World War 2 to prevent further world wars -- its name is the United Nations, which represents a place where the collective efforts of humans can be kind to themselves and their environment.
New within our world today is a virtual institution and global entity known as the Internet that reflects and records the culture of modern society in such a way that allows most any global citizen with a computer or wireless device to instantly communicate and share cultural information which can be acted upon in real time.
No other global entity represents the collective development of modern society -- the Internet is our virtual world.
If the Internet represents a virtual place - or "portal" to where other sites around our world can be visited, then where within this new entity can one find the important places that represents the core activities of modern society?
For anyone seeking serious information, "surfing" the "links" within the Internet can be like playing in paradise -- however, it can also be like working in paradise if one is not familiar with the tools or the languages that allow the easy linking process to succeed.
The language of the Internet, like the language that most all international airline pilots use to communicate, is primarily English.
Why English? Because, although there exist many flavors of Latin in use on the Internet, English is a language so diverse with a larger vocabulary than any other form of alphanumerical communication used in modern society.
English is spoken by over 400 million persons and is used widely by the international traveler. English technology safely took humans to the moon and back -- several times.
English, the primary language of the United States of America and the United Kingdom, is based on a language invented long ago by the early inhabitants of the British Isles and contains a global vocabulary still being developed by many cultures throughout our world.
The English language does have its share of spelling and pronunciation problems -- but without some of these obstacles, we would not have our everyday humorous misunderstandings.
Yes, the Internet is like a virtual heaven to some who have the time and tools to travel the information highway. We do live in a wondrous age when humanity has the power to create an extraordinary world of amazing beauty.
Whether it is real or virtual, our world has a heaven -- and, unfortunately, also a hell. Bad things can be found in any dimension -- such as natural disasters or unkind human activity.
Was Atlantis engulfed by a natural disaster or did it destroy itself with its own technology?
Will our world be engulfed by a natural disaster someday or will we destroy ourselves in the future with our own technology?
Will our world survive these bad things -- if they happen at all, and continue to grow and develop more extraordinary places of wonder?
We may not be able to choose our exact destiny, but we can improve our odds of survival if unkind human activity is suppressed every chance we get.
Perhaps our world is a place where a lost civilization, such as Atlantis, survived a great natural disaster long ago and evolved into the modern society we know today.
Perhaps mankind is about to rediscover its true maritime heritage and learn what truely happened to our Atlantean ancestors.
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