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Globalization is inevitable. We should accept it because we cannot prevent it. Pretending it does not exist and complaining about it are not doing us any good. Instead we need to find a way to make the most of it and use it to our advantage.
I agree with the previous posts, in that it's important to balance the spectrum of globalization. On the one hand, I have access to information unthinkable 20 years ago. On the other, witness the devastation caused by unfettered international corporate involvement. While cultural identity is crucial to maintain, moral responsibility is an area that globalization will affect even more. i am now aware of how my actions and how I choose to spend my money might affect those across the world. What responsibility do I have, in living my life, to cause as little damage to theirs? This is especially important when it comes to food, particularly crops grown for livestock and livestock grazing areas. thus, while I don't think we have a choice in embracing globalization, we must continually consider how we are all connected, economically and morally.
Globalization is such a broad topic that I think we need to be selective and very discerning. In other words, we should embrace certain aspects of globalization, but other we should not accept. For example, we should embrace things like communication, travel, understanding, diplomacy. However, there are certain things we should avoid, such as forgetting about the various distinctives that each culture possess. Too often in the name of globalization, we neglect tradition. Also we should probably refuse to accept a globalization that erases local characteristics, or even things like producing foods overseas for consumption in a different part of the world. This can create havoc for the environment.
The question might not be to what extent it should be embraced, but how we can maintain identity in a globalized world. The reality to me seems that globalization has impacted nearly every part of our lives. Advances in technology and communication have helped to make the world a globalized one where ideas and thoughts are freely exchanged. Popularity and fame have become globalized exports where boundaries and partitions do not have as much importance. I think that globalization should be embraced as the freedom from boundaries is something that can be embraced by many. At the same time, balancing this "lightness" of freedom with the notion of cultural identity and integrating the two will be the fundamental challenge of the globalized setting.
I think we have to embrace it because it is better for us, in the long run, if we do.
I do not think that any country can really close itself off from the rest of the world. If we try to, it will really hurt us and our economy. There are plenty of things that we want that we can't produce in the US and there are plenty of things that we want that can be made cheaper elsewhere.
Letting other people produce stuff has two advantages for us. First, it allows us to buy that stuff for less. Second, it lets us (a highly educated country) use our education and talents on things that are brainier and better-paying than manufacturing.
Globalization would be really hard to stop and it would probably hurt us if we tried to stop it.
On the subject of Globalization, I believe, as I do on most topics, that moderation is key. While Globalization has many positive effects, it can have downsides as well. Globalization spreads information, human rights and foreign goods. Jobs can be created, knowledge can be learnt and cultures can be shared. The interconnectedness of people through the internet and other mediums gave rise to an easier and faster way for awareness to be spread about issues ranging from natural disasters in Japan to child soldiers in Africa. However, as with most things, there is a dark side to Globalization. Just as dominant companies will take over other companies, dominant cultures with more of a media influence will start to assimilate other cultures, whether it is wanted or not. With too much Globalization, cultures may disappear. However, not enough Globalization leads to segregation. With moderation, an equilibrium, where the world accepts and respects other cultures while maintaining a high level of connectivity between cultures, could be reached.
Globalization is a phenomenon that is happening all over the globe and affecting the entire population of the world. We do not have the choice of embracing or not embracing globalization. Rather we all are embraced by globalization. We are enveloped by effects of globalization and we can do nothing to run away from it. Only choice individuals, or even complete economies is to recognize the impact of globalization and react appropriately to it.This will enable us to make best use of opportunities offered by globalization and also deal effectively with new challenges created by globalization.
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