Global Village Myth -- The Failure of Globalization

... we are all not created equal ...

I was pondering the state of the world from the geo-political spectrum and the picture was not pretty. Osama bin Laden is threatening to attack France. Some members of the Tea Party in the United States are just as right wing radical as the muslim extremists in their views of how a society should be run. Nutbars like Chavez of Venezuela and even Palin of the United States have a large constituency even though their ideas are not well thought out. Religious dogma trumps science and the observable world for many people. Peace on Earth in these supposedly enlightened times is a larger myth than in the past.

The biggest failure of all, is that we are all equal partners in a global village, and everyone and every country is a peer. This is a myth and it is false. Witness the fact that Haiti can't get it together, and may never do so. Africa remains a dark continent and uncivilized, unenlightened behavior is rampant. Millions of women are discriminated against in muslim countries. Dictatorships abound in a world where everyone is supposed to have a voice by virtue of their humanity. Yet it doesn't happen, and my contention is that it never will.

The reason is the same reason that communism failed. The basic assumption that we are all equal is false. Communism assumed that all workers are equal and all possess the same unit of work and their worth to society is identical to the person to the left and to the right of them.

We are not all equal as countries, as people, as races, as ethnic groups or even as arbitrary groups like cities and neighborhoods. For proof, ask any grade school teacher, or go into any classroom. No two students are the same, and in the class you will get the whole spread of marks and grades from failures to genius. You will have a microcosm cross section of the human condition. This pattern propagates itself throughout the entire family of man.

So you will have adherents to a Stone Age religion who believe in killing those who do not share their beliefs. You will have entire groups of people who cannot govern themselves without either a dictatorship or anarchy. You will have entire cultures who cannot see the intrinsic wrongness of discriminating against women, minorities or those who are different from them.

People are different. Cultures are different. We as human beings are resistant to changes. And many human beings lack the mental machinery of their peers to recognize their shortcomings, failures, and mistaken ideologies. We will never all be on the same page.

As a result, we will not live in harmony in the global village. The global village is not a village. It is a collection of barrios that compete with another, fight with another, trade with another or exploit each other.

No matter how altruistic the ideal of a global village sounds, it will never happen until we have a homogeneous people, a homogeneous culture and the same degree of enlightenment. And even then, there will always be the village idiot.

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