Is change always good?

February 2, 2009 at 2:00 am 3 comments

Two stories caught my attention recently. Yes, we know the world is changing, FAST. Yes, we’re told to embrace change and most of us roll with the punches. We’re told that globalisation benefits the common good because it lifts people in the developing world out of poverty. We’re told that progress accompanied by globalisation spreads technologies, better ways of doing business, raises standards of living and hygiene, and allows markets around the globe to be interconnected.

On the downside, globalisation results in income polarisation; natural resources are sucked out of countries; corporate profits are gained by exploiting cheap overseas labour; domestic jobs are shipped offshore; national sovereignty is weakened; the consumerist society feasts on The Brands and other expensive luxury goods produced in foreign countries with low wages. A global monoculture is the result and we are faced with the same coffee shop on a busy street corner in the global cities we may visit. In my view, globalisation has destroyed the concept of individuality – we dress alike, we smell alike, we covet the same Brands. As the world becomes smaller, so our individuality shrinks but this is IMHO. The decline in artisanship consumes age-old customs and fine crafts skills and erodes the world’s cultural diversity.

Anyway, that’s my rant for the day. Why don’t you read the two articles I found. The first article concerns the human cost of oil drilling and the devastating effects on a traditional Arctic community.  The second article looks at the probable destruction of 700 homes within a long-standing community – to make way for Heathrow’s proposed third runway.

What do you think?


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Who to blame? We’re living in a giant hologram

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Paris  |  February 2, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    I share Claude Levi Strauss opinion, a famous 100 year old french anthropologist :
    ” c’est la disparition effrayante des espèces vivantes, qu’elles soient végétales ou animales ; et le fait que du fait même de sa densité actuelle, l’espèce humaine vit sous une sorte de régime d’empoisonnement interne – si je puis dire – et je pense au présent et au monde dans lequel je suis en train de finir mon existence. Ce n’est pas un monde que j’aime. » (for french speakers)
    =>(tentative translation)
    ” It’s the terrifying disappearance of living species, both plants and animals, and the single fact that due to its present density, the human species is under some kind of internal poisoning state -may I say-and I think about now, and about this world which I’m ending my life in. It’s not a world I like”

  • 2. creativespark  |  February 3, 2009 at 6:21 am

    “the consumerist society feasts on The Brands and other expensive luxury goods…”

    I love this turn of phrase and it couldn’t be more true. The global monoculture is a scary reality, and no matter how we try to rebel against it, it just seems to march on, ever stronger, ever encroaching.

    I’m not sure all the blame rests with globalisation though. Certainly it’s one piece of the puzzle. But one look inside an Australian mall (and you only need to look in one because they all look the same) suggests that we’re as comforted by the safety of domestic homogenisation as we are by global.

    =) Marc

  • 3. thinkingshift  |  February 3, 2009 at 6:44 am

    surreal Marc! I was just reading your blog post about the cafes & the importance of critical mass
    – simple idea of yours is very powerful. Would it work? I’d bet on it.
    I’m just in a very cranky mood re globalisation, so I’m hurling everything at it!


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