Sunday, September 25, 2011
World Citizenship, it's possible, it's the future!
World citizenship, it has that fuzzy warm hollow pipe dream feel to it, don't you think? Like it's supposed offspring World Peace, it's got that no way in hell of really ever happening feel to it. Singing Kumbiaya and group hugs never cured any large ill, anyway, anywhere, anyhow. So why waste time talking, debating, and writing on such a topic? Because it's inevitable, that's why. Mankind's economic interests are bringing every corner of this world closer to one another exponentially. The Global Economy is smashing down walls that have separated regions and cultures for eons. Regardless of ones country, religion, culture and beliefs we all have the same basic wants and needs. We all want to be safe, happy, healthy, with a good job/family, and lots of freedoms. It's universal. We all share 97% of the exact same genes. What we have in common is far more than what we don't. Imagine how much safer the world would be if people thought of themselves as Global Citizens first, and citizens of their respective countries second. We would have far less war mongering nationalism if people made this shift in their paradigm. The United States of America, the largest economy in the history of the world, spends over 20% of our annual GDP on defense. Imagine what we could do with those resources. Pay of the debt and lower taxes, to just name a few. All humans are made up of the same hopes, wants, and dreams. What we have separating us is our countries borders, religion, language, cultures, customs, and most of all history. Start with metaphorically tearing down all the countries in the world walls and maybe we'll start getting along for real. We have more in common than not and most of all, it's in everyone economic interest.