Networking the Nations: 4 Things Americans are Forgetting
The School of Business and Standing for Freedom Center at Liberty University hosted the Networking the Nations Summit that brought together top executives from around the world on August 10-12th. Here are four points taught at the summit that I believe Americans are currently forgetting:
1.) The content of our character matters more
Dr. Ben Carson was given a warm welcome as the keynote speaker Tuesday night for a speech about his latest endeavor, the American Cornerstone Institute (https://www.americancornerstone.org/), his testimony as a world-renown neurosurgeon and Secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development under the Trump administration, and the need for unity in our nation. Dr. Carson gently reminded the crowd that most of us agree with 90% of what other people have to say, but unfortunately we often let the 10% we do not agree with cause division and uproar between us. In particular, the media, the 1619 Project, and Critical Race Theory ignites racial division. "Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project teaches us to judge people on what they can't control rather than what they can control," Dr. Carson noted. What can people control? Their character. He stressed the imperative need for Americans to judge others based on "the content of their character", quoting Martin Luther King Jr., rather than the political sign in their yard or the color of their skin to restore unity in our nation.
2.) America was not founded on racism; it was founded on the Bible
The following day after Dr. Carson’s speech, Dr. David Barton, founder of Wallbuilders (https://wallbuilders.com/), led attendees through exploring the 1619 Project and basis for Critical Race Theory (CRT) from a historical perspective. The 1619 Project is an alternative history being pushed by the Left that teaches America was not founded in 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was signed, but rather when the first ship of African slaves arrived in 1619 to colonial Virginia. The 1619 Project, along with CRT, preaches America was founded on racist principles and carries systematic racism since its founding. In response, Dr. Barton explained that the Pilgrims did not even settle in America until the year after 1619 in 1620. When ships of slaves did arrive, the Pilgrims promptly freed all slaves and imprisoned slave owners, citing the Bible’s commands to not man steal (Exodus 21:16, Deuteronomy 24:7) as their reason for resisting slavery. The Bible’s commands for a capitalist economy, rule of law, and fair taxation was also the sole reason the Pilgrims created such systems that America still follows today. Based on the Pilgrims' writings and lifestyle choices, we can be assured that America was not founded on racist or white supremacist ideology, as the 1619 Project and CRT proclaim, but rather the Bible, which declares all humankind is made in the image of God.
3.) We need to be the best
The National Technology Expert panel highlighted the desperate need for more American workers in cybersecurity and artificial intelligence (AI) in a world where AI is rapidly developing. T'Neil Walea, head of the Department of Defense and AI at International Business Machines (IBM), argued that while AI is in the "infancy stage" of development, it is here to stay. Businesses must learn how to adapt to the new technology or else they will fall behind competitors who do use it. Unfortunately, America is currently behind other countries in developing AI and cybersecurity with having over 400,000 jobs in cybersecurity that need to be filled by qualified workers. This is not only hindering American business, but it is also negatively impacting how ethics will or will not be taken into consideration in the future. While IBM in America follows a code of ethics with AI, not all countries are. Other countries are trying to go rogue, Walea warned. The need to improve AI and cybersecurity in America is not only necessary for national safety, but also to ensure that the advance of AI is used for the right reasons in an ethical way.
4.) There is still a light switch
In the midst of cybersecurity attacks and racist propaganda, it is easy to feel that there is nothing we can do to save our society from moral decline. However, there is still hope. John C. Maxwell, a New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and pastor, motivated the audience on Wednesday night for the need of godly leadership to rise up in the midst of troubling times. “Don’t curse the darkness,” Maxwell urged. “Turn on the light.” I hope and pray that Americans will indeed rise up to be leaders who decide to turn on the light while we still have a light switch.