Queen: "To go forward we must return to the roots of our common humanity"

[07-05-2015 08:16 PM]

Ammon News - AMMONNEWS - Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah stressed that achieving further technological progress can not happen without moral progress.

In an article commemorating The Huffington Post's 10 Year Anniversary, Queen Rania gave examples of technological progress human minds created to serve people and their well-being.

Her Majesty said: "To go forward, to write a narrative of real and lasting progress, we must go back. Back to basics. We must return to the roots of our common humanity and to the universal values that connect us to each other."

"In other words, what good is technological progress without moral progress? the Queen wondered, adding: "Right now in my region, the Middle East, men are beheaded for sorcery while children are forced to watch. Women are enslaved and abused for belonging to 'another' religion."

"Around five million children are out of school missing out on the a,b,c's and the 1,2,3's of their future and the future of our region." Her Majesty noted.

Queen Rania added: "As long as progress is exclusive and not inclusive, shared by some and not all, the more we'll see incidents like these. And the more we'll see lone wolf terrorists and groups.. feed off people's sense of injustice and seek perverted fulfillment."

"Imagine the power behind the simple act of getting to know others different from ourselves of reaching out to someone from a religion or culture different to our own. What waves of understanding and compassion would follow if we stood in one another's shoes." the Queen noted.

"How about we pause, put down our devices, look up and listen to our hearts and our consciences? Not so much 'connectivity' as just connecting with each other. And if that moral progress could keep pace with technological progress then that would be, well, real progress." Her Majesty concluded.

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