“Globalization” has become an “in” word in these times and age. It is by and large considered as a term used by the wise and the updated in modern history, the knowledgeable and intelligent in socio-political science – or whatever. Such perception is not really altogether ridiculous – much less false. That being the case, perhaps – just perhaps – it would not be altogether wrong nor superfluous to have a closer look into the meaning and implications of the terminology even if only to have but a basic understanding of the word.
One humanity, one world, one people. This can be said as the fundamental features if not essential elements of “globalization.” One humanity that should not be undermined by greed and insensitivity – but enhanced by altruism and concern. One world that ought to be kept intact by the observance of justice and the enjoyment of peace. One people who must acknowledge that they are all equal in human dignity and human rights. This can be said as the rather sublime understanding and profound appreciation of “globalization.”
One economy, one development and progress. This can also be said as the more down to earth perception of “globalization” – in the positive sense. One economic regression, one underdevelopment and retrogression. This in turn can be the negative connotation of globalization. After all is said and done, the world as a whole, ultimately moves forward or backward – in line with the plain saying of realistic people that “Together we stand or together we fall.”
One plight, one fate, one destiny. This can likewise be said as the substantial meaning of “globalization” implying that humanity has become more conscious of its common fortune or misfortune, that the world has shrunk very much in reach and extent, that people are now more aware that notwithstanding their marked differences in color, race, and creed, they are the same people who know what is joy and sorrow, what is abundance and want, what is a benediction or a curse.
Given the phenomenon of “globalization,” there arise certain questions, the answers to which have big relevance and profound impact not only to the present generation but also to those who are yet to come: Why are there countries that are very much preoccupied with manufacture of weapons of mass destruction? Why are there countries that deliberately and eagerly want to have and amass all the wealth and fortune from all the continents, leaving these impoverished and miserable? Why do people in those few so-called “first world” countries think or believe that they will live happily forever and ever – if they have everything and keep anything?
GLOBALIZATION – what is it now and what will it be then?