Earlier this year I flew to Paris. A German, sitting in a French airplane, probably manufactured by entrepreneurs all over the world, while eating American Oreo cookies.
I have to admit; I went to Starbucks for coffee and ate lunch at an Indian restaurant and at the same time I was surrounded by the beauty of French architecture … Thanks to globalization I had the chance to enjoy all these things at the same time.
Thanks to this development, Europeans in the EU can travel without a visa and work in member countries. Easily students can go abroad and experience different cultures and make friends. Business women/ men have the opportunity to negotiate with foreigners and install or expand their business almost all over the world. A main tool, which supports and helps to enlarge globalization, is the English language which is almost everywhere spoken and facilitates the daily routine when it comes to international exchange or business.
All these aspects mentioned just speak for globalization and it seems there is nothing to complain about. But access to foreign markets isn’t reserved for legal use. Terrorists or dictators utilize it as well. Excluded by westerners they allied and their mischief gets even worse. Weapons are easily transported and smuggled over the borders. Militias in Pakistan or Talibans in Afghanistan don’t need to worry about an ammunition short-cut. Their hater against the West unites them and enables support. Columbian powder is available all over the world and poisons not just the Rhine in Germany. Even religious fanatics aren’t border restricted and conflicts can easily swamp over and affect the entire world, i.e. Jerusalem since the installation of Israel, Iraq or Korea.
I don’t mind to get pineapples or tomatoes throughout the year or buy at H&M. However these things destroy the environment and exploit Chinese labors for instance. It undermines local cultures and the gap between wealth and poverty augments.
What kind of use has a bio fuel plantation in Africa for a local while he and his family starve to death? Globalization is an opportunity for all of us. It enables cheaper prices, opens markets and borders and increases life standards. Even though there are two sides of the coin, globalization is a great thing if we wouldn’t take it for granted and automatically take advantage of other’s misery!
So to answer my earlier question: Yes, I want to be global, I want to benefit from all these options available, but I’ve also to admit, that I should be more aware off the side effects of my actions, i.e. I shouldn’t buy tomatoes in winter and support greenhouse cultivation etc.
We all can do our share, so I ask you to be more sensitive.