By HJ Corrales
There was a time when I thought globalization means the Americanization of the whole world and I thought speaking English is the way to be educated. We go to school supposedly to speak and understand English and be professional when we grow up, only to learn that it is not the only way to be educated.
Speaking good English can be an asset for communication but doing other productive line of work with polish outlook in life for oneself and the community we live in is the better definition of globalization.
As one author says and I quote, “Think globally and act locally.” As a way to understand and deepened its meaning, it’s doing it within the perspective and usefulness of the society we are in and the rest will follow, then the whole world will be okay.
Globalization, I realized is not imitating what other countries or cultures are doing for the good of their societies in the area of culture and expressions. Or we become clones and copycats and become second-class citizens of the rich and powerful countries we imitate to belong.
It is losing our identity, maybe not the whole of ourselves but we are never taken seriously because no one in the world looks up to copycats.
Of course to be part of globalization is to reach out to make friends and help each other to confront the many issues and concerns of the world today- environment abuse and commercialization, overpopulation and climate change, corruption, ignorance, erosion of freedom and rise of one-man rule, ignorance and lack of skill, trafficking of the innocents, neglect of ancient wisdom in medicine and healing and no more useless wars to enrich one country and enslave another.
Religions too should unite all people, not divide. All educated people in many languages but with one international language must focus on many positive possibilities like being grounded and proud of its own culture, language and tradition and open and accepting to universal human values like human rights.
Human rights as embraced and promoted by the United Nations (UN) to be practice as a way of life and not maligned and ignore by abusive and ignorant leaders drunk with power.
Human rights and globalization are acid tests on how far educated people in this planet will go. And youth like me should be instrument of hope and practice if the men and women who holds the reign of power and privilege ignore or too ignorant to pursue it.
Good luck to all of us.
Editor’s note: The author is a young, aspiring student writer from the region’s state university.