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.”

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.

Global Awareness

This year is the year of change. The global 99% movement and the Wall Street occupation movement as well as the other occupation movements have given us a global awareness that has ignited a call for global freedom and change that cannot be stopped.  We are coming to see that our common human problems are showing us that we are all members of the same human race with the same human conditions. This has provided us with a global awareness in which we see our growing similarities eclipse our perceived national and ethnic differences.

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.