Our Global Behavior and Acceptance
When considering what our future society will consider as evil, such as
we view slavery today, we must look to the past to estimate the future. The
past two hundred years have led to enormous changes in the way we treat our
fellow man. The next two hundred years, I believe, will lead to much more
legislation and concern for the global impact of nation states and their
practices. The human race has come to a point where we need to take careful
concern for all issues. The bar will be raised so to speak concerning global
injustices. I have laid out a few current events that will be considered global
injustices in the future.
With globalization becoming more and more of a necessity in this
world, the future would naturally weed out isolationist countries. It seems
that a nation state could not survive without some economic interaction with
the rest of the world. Furthermore it would be advantageous to take
advantage of outside offerings. There is always a need and a resource within
a nation. The trick is to tap into the resource and aid in the need. Not to just
dominate a market and leave the problems to the people of the market one
dominates. Of course it is not written, but should there not be common
courtesy in global affairs? This globalization will also eventually lead to the
apparent obligation to aid in the success of humans across the globe, rather
than an individual group of humans (ie.states, governments, etc.) When this
becomes evident in society, people naturally will consider crimes against
humanity as more and more unacceptable.
Director General of The World Trade Organization, Mike Moore, said
at the last World Economic Forum, that, Its not politically correct to say,
but the big economies have needs too. And frankly… if the big economies get
the sniffles, the rest of us get pneumonia. This leads to the acknowledgment
and realization of the domino effect, and how important it is to consider the
implications of what we do. In the future, common society will consider
isolationism and lack of willingness to aide others as evil. Humans will
accept the notion that we are all related, and that all of what we do affects
each other directly.
A secondary thought looks at current issues such as the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The main thing besides the fact that these holy
wars are wrong, is that they are obsolete. They serve no apparent purpose that
I have been informed of. There are reasons to the conflict, but these reasons
do not in any way justify the bloodshed that continues. These wars continue
today when there are much more important issues at hand. It seems absurd to
think that as much as we take pride in our accomplishments, we still cant
shake another mans hand. The previous millennium was dominated by God.
The Reformation, the Crusades, music, the arts, were all according to God…
This century is dominated by increasing technology-biotechnology. (Michael
L. Dertouzos, Director of MIT lab of Computer Science) That quote seems to
tell me that if a lot of these third world countries dont jump on board the
global view, they will be left far behind. Generations of people would be lost
in this process of globalization. These groups of people would of course still
exist, but it would seem like sitting in a classroom learning how to improve
an economy but the class was taught in a completely foreign language. Is
there any way for an economy that is generations behind to catch up? Is it
evil to leave them behind? No doubt the role of God is important, and in my
mind the most important. However, does it change the price of a hamburger?
No. That is why separation of church and state is so ingenious. Let
government handle the problems around us, while our religions handle the
problems within us.
What then of disease? Is it evil for humans to ignore AIDS in Africa?
Is it a crime against humanity to let this get out of hand? Could it be that this
crime, if one can call that presently, is inherent? And what does one call an
unpreventable crime? Surely we learned from plagues in the past, and what
we have learned was simple. We must work together, to devise a solution.
This is yet another reason why isolationism is so barbaric. Without access to
the proper information and drugs disease cannot be halted. If a country was
to isolate themselves and ignore the reality of the world around them they will
surely be forgotten.
In random conversations between family and friends, one can reach an
understanding of what will be considered to be evil in the future. Some peers
have told me that wasting the governments money on the drug war is evil.
This is an issue with domestic and global implications. Drug lords and
families generate incomes beyond that of the country itself. How can a
legitament government compete? Many social responses to this is that this
war cannot be won. Wasting global concern and efforts for this war is surly a
lose situation. Where there is a demand, there is a market. The less of a
product the higher the demand. If a country bans the use of a drug they raise
the demand, in turn paying the incomes of drug lords. This issue has a place
in every aspect of economics and relations between nations. From the
domestic dealing with the flow of drugs in a town to the international dealing
with massive amounts of money and drugs between nations, we are learning
that this is a very important aspect of global analysis. This leads me to
conclude that from a global perspective the drug wars between nations is
unacceptable because these are wars without results. Senseless killing and
wrongful imprisonment are evident. Can one blame a farmer in a third world
country for growing the only thing that makes anyone a decent income in that
country? I say it is wrong to incriminate that man, and I believe the world of
the future will agree with me.
So many issues and practices that we tolerate today will not be
tolerated in the future. To ignore our fellow man on a global level will be
viewed as wrong. To allow senseless bloodshed will be considered wrong,
and there will be a global effort to increase prosperity across the globe.
Nations will act as one. Perhaps most importantly nations will think before
they act, which will in turn avoid many global injustices. As for todays
practices, ignorance will soon be looked at as an injustice rather than an
excuse to not help one another.