A time comes when the philosophical mind overtakes the automatic mind that will, without discernment, undertake missions. Thinking about the place one occupies as a body in a larger one called the universe can be petrifying. One may often use expressions such as “the world doesn’t turn around you” as a way to refer to the idea of broadening one’s view and not overbearing oneself, when really the world does turn round everyone, or we turn with it. Either way, it seems impossible to detach two elements of nature such as my body and my world.
Every second something happens: it may be that a person is suspended in the air while running, or a cake grows by a millimeter in an oven, or the first grenade of a protest detonates on land. We are constantly being surrounded by all sorts of movements and misalignments that will determine our route to failure or success. It may now feel quite overwhelming to think globally; just as it is easier to connect the 2 puzzle pieces to construct oneself than to connect the 15 billion pieces of the world, it is easier to build one’s own life avoiding the reception of outer fluctuations.
For many young people like myself, trying to build themselves is a concern. The choices made need to have a goal, and that goal needs to be global. When one decides who to be every second, the goal is present, and tied to it, repentance, if the awaited action is not completed. This is not a novelty in our society, but a foundation tracing back to the establishment of capitalism. The article Why Socialism? written by the German theoretical physicist aware of his stance in the system of government he believed in, Albert Einstein, explores some points which may be not as alienated from our thoughts as they seem to be after scheming down the text published in 1949. He criticizes the force of a capitalist society to be ‘crippling’ down individuals, and largely blames the educational system he was witness of, to have ‘trained to worship acquisitive success’. Far more holistic than a weakness of a type of government is the human mind, which apart from being capable of reaching passions that drive the body, it can be deteriorating slowly and unconsciously and acting as a machine with no directions as Einstein suggests.
The completely loosening of an individual comes with the extension of the ideology based on the gaining of success seldomly for its safe accumulation. This is an example of the mechanised people being formed at this very moment. There are multiple natural goals people may put on themselves to achieve being their perfect version: adolescents may want to work on the building of an ideal catalogue of successes to present to educational institutions, while adults may want to work on getting a promotion at work to boost their economic stance. All options are valid and justified because as mentioned before, it is sane for humans to have the need to compose a goal and achieve it with the most prudent methods. However, it’s the reasoning behind the act that you reader may have found particularly startling, the reasoning that doesn’t involve only you, but a sample of the people similar to you. Competition is higher than ever before. There may be various factors altering it, such as time, place, expectations, and even one’s own perspective of it. Ages before, the Incas have fought wars with the Chancas because of rivalry for land. Today, scientists compete against themselves and the short time they have before calamity to find a vaccine for Covid-19. And it was yesterday I felt an angst for the unpredictable pressure there is for supporting popular opinions.
It is as if time was passing by through every event, and transporting it to all people’s hands in order to be clamored in a distinct way; the amount of information media users are able to hold and propagate is boundless and almost terrifying. I say this last word because it’s through the media that people are able to reach out for the solution to injustices, and that is where complications rise and the freedom of users clash with one another. Virtual platforms were no-man’s land, ready to be shaped according to preferences. Think of instagram: the simple digital app to view a variety of pictures with captions, all presented in a pleasing manner to the eye. Because of the capacity the app has to think further and prepare the tableau of pictures targeting the user’s preferences, the user becomes attracted to the app and downloads it. As a result, a chain of downloads occur because of its success at targeting the aesthetic bullet effectively in the eye. Apart from the millions of dollars of profit, the interaction with millions of people results in a massive integrative system empowering everyone to play a part in globalization.
Globalization’s goal is the interweaving of markets, technology, and information, enabling the individual to reach out faster, further and effectively to its surrounding world. My perception of globalization is right now hollow. When thinking about globalization, a thought of the concept rather than the practise of it follows me, just as it does to Thomas Friedman, an American commentator and author, who doubts about the individual who proposed the goal and is idealistically guiding inventions towards its achievement. As he states, “the central logic of globalization exactly mirrors the logic of the Internet. We are all increasingly connected, but nobody’s in charge.” How can a concept be moulded into a goal if no one is going to guide it? It seems as if the connected future we all awaited was a road lacking asphalt. As both authors implied in their comments, globalization is happening today, and we can be grateful for the technology that enables us to communicate, and equally vexed by the moral deteriorating result of it driven from its core of thought. We now know that as globalization was born from our society, its destiny lies in our hands, the hands of the users of a global net. Although it is easier to build the previously mentioned 2 pieced puzzle, wouldn’t you feel a greater satisfaction from building the 15 billion pieced one and forge a world?