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.

[x] Our Global Coming Together Will be the Next Great Age of Human Development

Coming together on a global level will begin the next great age of human development, which would be our coming together globally as a human family. This globalization will make us extensions of one another’s aspirations and concerns, which will permit us to build upon each other’s capabilities and insights within civil trusts.

This would allow us to develop our human strengths, which would result in maximizing our human potential and creativity. This would require that we form global cultures that would be able to augment our existing culture and bring them together into a common global understanding of ourselves having many roots in our past.

[x] Cultural Entrustment

Another example of social entrustment would be our cultural entrustment. Social trusts could be formed to maintain our existing cultures. This would allow all those that would wish to maintain a particular type of ethnicity or community to entrust themselves together in order to achieve it.

Social entrustment could also be used to form new types of cultures designed to achieve particular results and maintain them. This would allow new cultures to form around the needs of particular interests like the arts and sciences as well as developing certain professions or producing new ones.

(pt1) Returning to Blogging

Let me first apologies for my absence. Last August I had to undergo a Laminectomy and I’ve had a hard recovery that has prevented me from working on the computer. But now I’m feeling fit enough to start blogging again.

Many of you know that I have been writing a book entitled Cosmopoly. What I want to start providing is an introduction to the concepts within my book because I want to start a dialog about how we can reorganize ourselves to meet the new problems that we now face and will continue to face in the future.

We are in one of those times in human history where the ways that things where done in the past are being replaced by how things will need to be done in the future. We are being forced to redefine ourselves according to the new situations that we are increasingly finding ourselves in. Where this will lead to and how we will get there will depend on how we interact with one another in trying to achieve our common concerns and interests. For the first time in human history the world will be what we make of it. We have the power within ourselves to remake the world in our own image.

The Moment for People to Take Control of their Lives is Here

Never in human history has there been a time when the people have been able to take control of their own lives and form for themselves the kinds of societies and political systems that they would wish to live under. Technology and the inability of the nation-state to meet today’s problems has provided mankind with the unique opportunity to for the first time be able to create the kinds of societies that work for us instead of us for them.

For the first time in human history people have available to themselves the means to reorganize society the way that would be good for the people instead of those that rule over them.

Technology has freed us from the constraints of our birth like culture and location. Today we are able to redefine ourselves in global terms. This allows us to transcend our inherited limitations and reinvent ourselves on a global level where we are one with all those that participate at this level.

Global trade has now become the dominant form of trade because it determines all other forms of trade and the internet has allowed us to have a say in this trade and personalize it to meet our individual needs and wants. The internet has created global communities that transcend the boundaries from where they come and created a global community based on the common interests and concerns of people.

These global concerns and interests that people have must be harnessed and organized to meet our common problems on the local level. We must link the local level with the global level and the global level with the local. This would globalize our local conditions and bring them to each other’s attention as well as provide us with the means of globally organizing ourselves to meet our common local problems in a global way.

By thinking differently we will create different results. Therefore, we must rethink ourselves into a new existence. The internet will allow us to begin this process by allowing us to build virtual existences that will allow us to recreate our social and political relationships in new and unforeseen ways.

Institutionalizing Human Experiences through Culture

Societies form cultures to maintain the common experiences needed by its members to collectively maintain their society. Culture institutionalizes our human experiences. It defines what our human relationships should be.

Culture both defines those individuals that identify themselves with the culture as well as being redefined by its own membership. Therefore, culture can change through its own membership by adopting additional things or by them rejecting things that were once believed to be sacrosanct.

What makes us Human?

What is it that makes us really human? Some say that it is because we use tools. But we now have evidence that chimpanzees also make and use tools. Other say it is because we have emotions that animals do not. But this too has now been debunked by science. I say what makes us human is that we live in a world of our own making that defines who we are within it.

We are born in this self-made world that defines us as particular people based on the national cultures that we are raised with. It is the culture that we inherited from our parents and society that defines us to others as well as ethnically to ourselves. But it is the culture that we create for ourselves based on the personal choices we make that is the one that we self-identify with.

The Disempowering and Empowering Nature of Globalization

Globalization disempowers us by making control of events distant and removed and it also empowers us by giving us a global means of expressing ourselves free from our national constraints. Till now globalization has been about corporate profit and expansion. What progressives need to do is to use globalization as a means of linking and networking the people of the world into global associations of common interests and concerns.

While I agree that the “locally grown” movement was a reaction to agricultural globalization, I also believe that this movement is in its infancy and as it matures it will increasingly interact globally with other local groups creating new planet hybrids and fusion cuisines that will enrich both cultures.

Global versus National Culture

The dominant culture today is the global culture that is the result of the global events that are now defining our societies. This global culture has become the dominant culture because it is the one against which all of our national cultures have to define themselves.

Global trade in the arts and economics as well as global climate change and diminishing natural resources have all contributed to the development of a global culture with a global understanding of ourselves that transcends our national identities.

Today our personal identity is increasingly globally based. It is our global similarities not our national differences that determine who we are as individuals. This cosmopolitan culture provided by globalism is based on individual choice. While national culture is imposed upon a person, global culture is formed through individual choice.

Dominant and Sub-Dominant Cultures

In order to be able to understand culture, it is important to see it in terms of what it actually was instead of what we imagine it to be. Cultures are born, absorbed and die. What is most important is not the cultures of the past, but the cultures that we will create for ourselves in the future.

In the multi-cultural world that we live in we have come to believe that all cultures are the same in term of their contemporary and historical effects. While this idea is a very democratic way of trying to be all-inclusive, the truth is that every era had one culture that dominated the others.

This dominant culture was the one that people used on a daily basis. It was also always the one against which all of the other sub-dominant cultures had to define themselves against. Throughout history there have always been dominant cultures that defined the era and sub-dominant cultures that had to follow the lead of the dominant ones. The difference between dominant and sub-dominant cultures is, the dominant culture is the culture through which the changes of the times occur, dominant cultures are the ones that define the times because they are the times.

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