Although it is less common nowadays, it used to be the case that cell phone signals became weak as soon as you entered a building, and calls were often cut off in Japan. Nowadays, with the improvement of base stations, such situations seem to be a rare case, at least when living in Tokyo.
This is not only about cell phones, but our lives in developed countries are made up of infrastructure such as water, electricity, gas, etc., which we take for granted and do not usually think about.
We should not forget that there are many countries and regions where infrastructure is not "normal". Since this is a post about social networking, the foundation is based on the development of the Internet network and the accompanying technology, but at present, it is reported that about 60% of the world's population does not have access to the Internet.
Is there anything we can do about this situation? It may be obvious to everyone that it is not so easy. However, learning about the current situation and making donations to international NGOs, for example, is one effective way to help. Dogen Zenji said in Shobogenzo, "When we study giving well, receiving a body and discarding a body are both giving; earning a living and working are fundamentally nothing other than giving."
These are short monthly Sotoshu essays on each of the 17 UN sustainable development goals. They are not written for a Western audience and there's nothing groundbreaking here; they're very much aimed at suggesting simple things that people can do at home. Nonetheless, they may provide some food for thought about ways to engage in the community. New essays will be added as they are available. Comments are open; please post reflections if you wish.