One visual affect of globalization has been a closer World in respect to the way we consume, dress, eat, live, and work. If a traveler ventures from London to New York, to Caracus, to Lagos, to Bangkok to Sydney, they would probably get the sense of sameness.
We watch the same television programs, surf the same websites and buy similar products, but can be Worlds apart in distance, & culture. This to many is our World in the 21st century.
In a world where much is similar, we often seek the unfamiliar, and feel a sense of loss, as cultures, languages and traditions disappear in this march of the one World sameness.
Should we question if this benefits us?
Large companies have benefited, but in an age of conflict, downgraded expectations, and possible cynicism. The few who benefit from this similar looking world, often escape from it by purchasing works of art or vacationing in quiet, exotic locations. Leaving the rest encased in an expanding mass of duplicity.
We mourn the loss of languages, of our forests, and seek to protect our heritages, yet as we face rapid modernization, our population grows larger, whilst our food crops diminish.
Waters rise flooding the coastlines of our great nations, as armies cross divided continents seeking peace, but bringing war. Anger slowly rises with these very same waters threatening our look a like cities.
What are the benefits of this sameness?
Are they truly beneficial for a world losing its diversity, and patience with the dual effects of this marching oneness.
We decry the loss of species, of our eco-system, and fear rather than rejoice the future. The lost languages of our forefathers, melt into distant memories like our dying forests and eroding coastlines. Let us sit back, rethink and consider the true effects of an empty sameness, that could swallow up our off springs future.