What Is Globalization

I will begin my global presentation by stating that each age is a reflection of its own time and globalization is no different.

For the first time in history our global problems have outstripped our national problems as a result of globalization.

The Economist magazine has called globalization “the most abused word of the 21st century.” No word in recent memory has meant so many things to different people. Some see it as a form of domination by transnational institutions that can only lead to a new kind of chaos. Others see it as a form of nirvana, a blessed state of universal peace and prosperity.

Since its first appearance in 1962 the term ‘globalization’ has gone from jargon to cliché. Globalization as defined by Webster’s dictionary, is “a process that renders various activities and aspirations worldwide in scope or application.”

From National Differences To Human Variety

We are more similar than different. The various stages of human existence such as births, confirmations, marriage, and deaths are the same for all people and always have been. Our differences are how we celebrate and commemorate these events. These differences are personified by the languages we use, the foods that we eat, the music that we play and the songs that we sing as well as the dances that we do.

When looking at these perceived differences in terms of our common humanity instead of our alleged national differences, the fact becomes clear that these differences are really only cultural in nature and not actual. When we come to see ourselves in terms of our common humanity, our national differences will be seen as our human variety, which will lead to our global understanding of one another and the beginning of our global coming together.

Globalization Is Bringing Us Altogether

What I would like to present in my next group of blogs is the idea of globalism. The twentieth century has been the century that has brought the world closer together. Radio, moves, television and now the Internet have given the world an increasing common identity that has provided us with personal experiences that we can all identify with.  This global personal identity has been increased by the common global problems that we are all experiencing.

From the beginning of human history each age has been a reflection of the problems that formed it. Today is no exception. The problems that we are encountering today are global in nature and, therefore, require global solutions to resolve them. Achieving a global solution will herald in a new global world in which we will come to see that we are all members of a common human family with a common destiny that will lead us all. My up coming blogs will deal with this new globalization process and how we have come to this point as well as where it will take us.