Our Global Problems Bring People Together

How we see ourselves determines how we act.  When we see ourselves strictly in terms of our nationality, we become blinded by it.  Global problems require a global way of thinking, which is not possible through strictly a national understanding of ourselves. Our global problems are uniting the people of the world through the common global experiences that they have created. Our common global experiences have given us a common global understanding that we now all share on a global level. This global understanding transcends our national understandings and the longer this occurs the more global we will become and the less national in character.

The global crisis and disasters that we are experiencing have given us global problems that have provided us with a global understanding of ourselves. These global problems are forcing the world to come together in a global manner in order to deal with them. The global problems of the world have created global needs that can only be resolved through global means. The global problems of tomorrow’s world will require us to organize ourselves in global ways. This will necessitate independent global institutions be formed to effectively apply them fairly if we are going to meet the global needs ahead of us.


12 Responses to “Our Global Problems Bring People Together”
  1. Dora Chavez says:

    Yes, it’s true that if we ever hope to accomplish something on a grander scale (like the elimination of global problems such as hunger, poverty, etc.) we have to act on a global scale, that is, united as one community. And yes, to accomplish this we need to eradicate our impulse to categorize ourselves into groups. The task ahead of us is difficult, for we have to skew away from what we once believed was “the right way of thinking” and broaden our minds to accept who are not “our kind of people”. We have to broaden our minds so that others have room to come in and enlighten us with their thoughts and experience, and give us insight to problems and solutions we have never even considered. Many will find this near impossible to accomplish (though it is a necessity if we are to survive) ,while many will keep hoping that the generations to come may be able to accomplish what we in this generation couldn’t.

  2. Aida Akhavan says:

    When it comes to global problems, it seems like, it is left up to us, the United States and a few other countries to solve this problem. We teach our children to recycle, submit homework via email and parents are encouraged to find out about school functions and event through the school’s website. While on the other hand counties like China and India are destroying the environment by massive air pollution and other kinds of industrial waste.

  3. Dora Chavez says:

    I agree with you. In order to solve the problems that have risen world wide, we need to abandon our indifference to other countries’ problems and come together to find a solution, for we don’t know if their problem will soon become ours. Thinking of ourselves in terms of nationality will only serve to slow down the process of finding an effective solution to global problems; not only that, but will stunt our growth of becoming a whole society, rather than individual groups. If this happens, nothing will ever change.

  4. Anthony Kapitanski says:

    That’s a great observation, that now, more than ever a global population is commonly effected by similar issues. With a complexly interwoven economical and even political world it seems that there should be more of a synchronization to work towards common efforts. Surely we can easily identify a variety of common goals and ideals that transcend the scope of nationalism, culture, and ethnicity, and which purely exist among men, equally. A sincere effort to come together, as you say on a “global scale”, will serve to better identify common goals that exist merely because we are a rational people. Maybe one day John Lennon’s foresight may prove to be of value and we may truly be able to “imagine” a world with no “countries” and maybe know peace.

    -Anthony Kapitanski
    Art 101

  5. Garik Aleksandryan says:

    Well said. It is vital for us to develop a global state of mind, so that we can solve current global issues. The world is not like the way it was many years ago. There are issues that require teamwork to solve. However it seems to me that change is far from happening. Therefore we must keep hope alive and individually work to witness global change.

  6. Marleigh Green says:

    Your ideas are profound, and also thought provoking. An unfortunate aspect of humanity is that so many of us still define ourselves by race; an ideology that we have yet to transcend even as a modern and educated society. We are weak when it comes to having a sense of community, especially with those who do not share our beliefs. In some ways, the distance we have created between our nation and others has grown not in physical size, but in cultural magnitude. Ignorance of the beauty that can be found in standing united with one another limits our evolution. Even if our technological aptitude increases, we will still remain fatally limited in our capabilities as a species unless we are united by a common goal; the general well being of all people.

  7. Hamza Khalid says:

    Yes global problems are uniting people for the better good, but their is a difference between uniting and policing. Since the 1900 America has been policing the world. This started off by the Monroe Doctrine where Amererica was trying to stand by the new independent Latin American nations against the European colonizers. In the end America became the colonizers in Latin America we split Colombia in two and created a new nation called Panama for our own interests. Throughout the years we have threatened many of the Latin American nations and even killed of their leaders. The act of policing the world can also be shown in the Cold War when we attacked Vietnam and Korea. Just because we don’t get along with people doesn’t mean we have to colonize them and put a certain nation and its government under threat. Nations were formed to express the local peoples freedom and if we start bullying them than how can we unite together and have common global understanding!

    Hamza Khalid
    Art 101 T/TH

  8. Mehrnoosh Daeeme says:

    In the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis (a Western crisis that became global), Western nations have suffered greatly. Resulting attempts to address the economic problems include austerity measures that feel much like the disastrous Structural Adjustment Policies that these Western nations imposed or strongly pressed developing nations to pursue in the 1970s and 80s, with devastating consequences.
    Protests in 2011 have been global, 15October.net
    Many governments of industrialized nations are giving themselves austerity measures, similar to the structural adjustments they devastated the developing world with. (In both cases, the elite, or the “1%” as they are being referred to today, are not as affected; and those who caused the problem normally come from that “1%”.)

  9. Fatima Baig says:

    Three words: UNITED WE STAND .
    I completely agree with you. This pretty much covers everything that is said here and what is a fact because no matter what color is our skin, what language we speak, or what country we are from, we are all human and neighbors on this planet. Working together as a team, being strong and united is the only way we can solve global matters in confidence and powerful manners. A clinched fist hits harder than an open hand. And so, if we were all departed and wanted to solve the same issue, there would not be much strength but, there would certainly be more conflict. Hints; if we were to unite and compromise, then conflicts would be resolved faster and somewhat easily.

  10. Mehrnoosh Daeeme says:

    The collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008 helped trigger an economic and financial crisis that swept across the globe. MAYBE everything will turn out all right. One shouldn’t forget that possibility. As each day passes, however, frustration grows. Leaders in America and Europe are dallying with failure on an epic scale. They are constrained by dysfunctional institutions, it’s true. In Europe, the architecture of the currency union is far too underdeveloped to weather a crisis of the current magnitude. In America, the creaking machinery of the legislature is ill suited to settlement of big questions on a short time frame amid divided government. But it’s no longer sufficient to blame inadequate policy responses on institutions alone. America and Europe are flailing because their leaders are failing.

  11. Mehrnoosh Daeeme says:

    The challenges facing Europe and America are big, but they’re not mysterious. In Europe, in my belief, the issues are sovereign debt, vulnerable banks, and a poorly designed currency area. I don’t think it’s that hard to see what must be done. Unsustainable debt loads need to be written down. Banks should be recapitalized to prevent trouble in financial markets. Emergency funds should be encouraged to fight sovereign and banking corruption. And substantial fiscal integration must take place, including fiscal transfers to support peripheral economies while they get their budgets in order. The central bank should also stop fighting the phantom of accelerating inflation.

  12. Kelly Forrest says:

    This is interesting because it causes me to envision the world as a playground; each nation represents a child struggling and fighting each other for the most coveted toy (money) while in reality, sharing the toy (providing and distributing resources fairly) could bring a harmony to the play ground and would help in seeing the big picture. The big picture in the larger sense would be the global problems that each nation would recognize and join together to find the solution. This basically explains the difference between working alone and working collectively; and in these regards, working collectively could benefit much more for the world as a whole. I agree that if all the nations come together to fix the global problems, great resolutions may be made.

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