...man through his scientific genius has made of this world a neighborhood, and now through our moral and ethical commitment we must make of it a brotherhood.
(he was actually talking about airplane travel, but I think the "small world" phenomenon applies equally to telecom.)
This instrument can teach, it can illuminate, and yes it can inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is nothing but wires and lights in a box.