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What does it mean to be globally aware and why is it important?

In one of of the school programs I attended to last year, I was asked what it means to be globally aware and its importance. The question seemed to be quite easy, but I could not come up with a great answer. Trying to think of the best examples of being globally aware, I was lost.

TED is one of the most global communities out there and I believe it can help me understand the meaning and importance of global awareness.

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    Jul 26 2013: I think it means to understand the differences that exist globally and still embrace the beauty of diversity.
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      Jul 28 2013: Tell me Prince Boadu should that embracement of the 'beauty of diversity' include the female genital mutilation that is prevalent in Ghana and other African countries?

      The stoning of adulterers?
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    Jul 26 2013: Many paleoanthropologists believe (homo sapiens / us) may have dropped to extremely low populations at some point during the last ice age. The shrinking resources caused populations, that were wide spread into smaller, and smaller areas as plants, and animals that feed on them were restricted to smaller areas because of the ice. Massive areas were buried under mile thick layers of ice, driving humans together in competitive interaction, and decreasing numbers of prey animals. We came close to extinction

    A similar trend is occurring today due to overpopulation, shrinking resource availability, competition for space.If people from an early age aren't made to understand the scope of our predicament, we are going to experience a huge die off in relatively near future. There's no two ways about that. We are, as we speak, in the middle of a massive die off of thousands of species of plants, animals, amphibians, birds,reptiles,microorganisms. Even if they aren't completely wiped out, they will fall to such low levels, that the biotic benefit they represent for humans, and the ecosystem they inhabit will lose its affect, with devastating consequences cascading throughout the system.

    My high school geography teacher was a true jewel of a human being, a Rhodes scholar, and peace corp volunteer. He spent a long time in Kenya. Climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, back before it became a walk in the park so to speak. He brought us elephant tails, Masai spears, and shields, pictures,and best of all (stories). Teaching, when you break it down, is really about fuses, and learning how to light them. You set off a spark of imagination, and excitement, and "bang", the fire cracker life of a child blows your mind. This is the essence of Global awareness. It is the realization that there is a huge world out there with amazing people who live very different lives. It's then you realize, by their humanization, they become real ,not just pictures in a book "They are us ! "
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    Jul 26 2013: Dear Asan,

    Excellent question. To be globally aware, means to know that my choices and actions for myself, no matter how minor and minimal they might appear to me, impact the lives of others across the globe. It is very much like a "butterfly effect".

    This is really important because by making a choice of staying a consumer who sees value in reusing a glass jar instead of a single-use-plastic product, I can not only reduce the size of our landfills, but also it might save a child's life, by creating a better job opportunity for him/her in a factory in a different country.
  • Aug 4 2013: I watch my cat.
    My cat has global awareness.

    No matter what is on my computer screen, My cat ignores it.
    My cat comes and sits right in front of my keyboard. Then he nudges.
    Then My cat rolls over. Then yawns, -- Big teeth those.

    My cat sleeps on the seat of my easy chair while I type on my computer.
    My cat will sleep as long as I leave him be.
    I chased My cat from my bed, and this is his way of getting even.

    I never feed My cat. I never give him water. He has no place to pee or go.
    My cat is there at my door, whenever I open it. To come and go as he chooses.

    My cat surveys before stepping out my door. My cat is careful and watchful.
    My cat has global awareness.

    It is a small world.
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    Aug 3 2013: I am Chinese and actually 8 months ago I just moved to France with my family. During the last 8 month i suddenly realized all the information we got through media which often mislead people's outlook about the whole world rather than provide a fair and natural view .The truth is our attitude towards another nation often depends on political benefits.Comparing with China, French media has more liberty;however,it is not really better. If the media can not consider the world as a whole, we will never achieve the awareness of global.
    • Aug 4 2013: Dan LIAO VADEE
      There was only a brief kernel of thought about how to respond to your
      very good conversation. I wrote "My cat", in response, while I thought about
      how to write this answer.

      Media seems to have grown into it's very own life form, while it was evolving.
      And now with the event of the computer, and internet, Media may provide a
      way to eliminate "Babble". I do hope so. ..One language.. One Humanity.

      I've noticed that the optimum "Two-Way" Communication has not yet found
      the way to change the character of our One Humanity. It is as though we are
      still blind to what we can become.

      Music has tried, with but limited success. Movies and videos, and video games
      have not displayed much good either.
      ..Bloodshed and violence, both real and imagined.

      It seems Globally, we humans are more like Army Ants.

      I wish I knew the answers.
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        Aug 4 2013: Hi Frank, thank you for your reply.

        As individuals we are so diversified, however; what we learn through NEWS or information people are divided by nations,religion,cultures, politics etc.I agree that is a short-cut to learn this world, but it is absolutely NOT enough. Media has its limitation. I hope internet will perform better. Thanks for TED we can have an easy conversation.

        When I started to learn English as a major in China in 2004,I also learned the "race labels",such as Amercan is honest but violent; British is gentle but lacking of sense of humor;French has good taste of art but arrogent; Chinese is smart and flexible but dishonest and no-religion. I don't know whether you agree with them. For quite long time I was suffering by these marks,until I watch the presentation by Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability, I realized i had "culture shame".
        • Aug 4 2013: Dan,
          From you, a Great Learning Experience for myself.

          "Race labels" is a wonderful way to look upon our cultures.
          We need to understand how we all became as we are in our personal identifications.

          .. I will now - watch the presentation by Brené Brown: "The power of vulnerability",
          I doubt that I will have any "culture shame", my own internal identification is much
          too strong.

          I have noticed that Cultures change by both upwards and downwards fashions.
          With great emphasis upon the word "fashions".

          Ever changing-Principles (Victorian, Family, Maoist), Politics (Dictator, Democratic, Illusionary),
          Corruption (Greed), Music (Expressive, Cadence, Insightful),
          Clothing (Weather, Stylish), Gossip (Media, Spoken),
          Literature (Poetry, Romance, War, Critical Thinking, Puns, Ology*),
          and the list goes on.

          *You get an ology, you're a scientist!"..... ..lol
          ,,,(a small "Joke", I forgot to include above.
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    Jul 30 2013: Is it essential for the average citizen to be globally aware? A necessitity for survival and well-being? I would have to anwser, that in fact, is it not. One could simply live each day within a local frame of mind and not bother with thoughts of yonder and it's mysterious foreign tongues. The going-on's of over there do not necessarily impact the average human, unless it is comes to the front door.

    And yet...

    We do care. As human beings we have the ever-present pester of curiosity tugging our tails; we want to know, and we want ever juicy detail. We can't help ourselves. We are fascinated by the vastly different cultures of the world, delighted by the sounds of new languages and accents. We long to visit strange lands and see beyond the next hill. I have a little game I like to play in bars. I ask folks this question: If money was a non-issue, what would you do? Almost every single time, travel is on the top of the list. So what does global awareness mean? It means to see your fellow human as just that, a fellow human, despite differences in location. It means to recognize Earth as a collective, not a chopped up, border lined land of isolation. It is to appriciate and enjoy the beautiful variety the world offers, and work toward perserving it.

    And the importance?

    Well, ask yourself this. What would this place look like if we only cared or concerned ourselves with our homeland? What if there was no interest in traveling across the ocean ? What if there was no interest in flight, exploration, or discovery? What if, when we looked into the vastness of space, we simply glanced away without second thought?

    To be globally aware is to be spiritually alive.

    It is to be human.
  • Jul 29 2013: Global Awareness from me is the understanding of inter-relationships, independence, individual as well as communal responsibilities.

    I do believe there are two forms of GA, one from the inside out, the other from the outside in.

    The first is from the perspective of the subjectivity of one`s own baseline, that is to say, that what is true for one, is not true for all. This is where the understanding of cultural, economic, health , wellbeing, socio-political and worldview experiences change, but are the assumed baseline of those from within that paradigm. Once we are able to partially unattached ourselves from our own intrinsically development "sense" of the world, we are more readily capable, although desire to is required, to appreciate the differences in life experiences globally and form an opinion on that, slightly less subjectively that previously, but our moral framework`s influence to a large extent remaining so and informing this new, perhaps more inclusive worldview.

    The second, more subject-detatched view is that of a more existential global awareness. This worldview incorporate the notion of our common predicament, that of being an evolving species, alongside countless others, within an intricacy interwoven ecosystem, at one point in time, where our world is an inheritance of decisions from our ancestors and our decedents receive the same from ourselves. While able to achieve the outcomes in terms of the subjectivity of our baseline experiences, this second form of Global Awareness is based on a more objective perspective of our collective condition.

    With Genuine Interest

    Paul
  • Jul 26 2013: Scanning the comments, I am repeating some but I think of Global Awareness in 5 ways.

    1. Be aware of how you are affecting the planet in general, i.e. carbon footprint, the use of rare earth elements, etc.

    2. Be aware of how events are affecting you/US - Egypt's unrest is causing the price of gas to go up. Europe is concerned about the flow of oil and natural gas through the Suez Canal. To hedge against this, some companies are buying futures from South America, Canada and Africa which also supplies the US. This is raising the price of oil which is causing the gasoline prices to go up. There are many of these, like the Portugal Bond Sale, an election of a new government in Australia sometime this fall.

    3. Learn Geography so you can understand how certain actions are affecting an entire region and be able to come close to placing countries in the right continent 8>))

    4. Study the cultures so this may help you understand the diversity and underpinnings of certain actions.

    5. Read/view outside sources of news - US news sources are US centric and very little news of the outside world - how many people knew that Canada had a major election in 2011? It also gives an interesting view of the US from the outside.
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      Jul 30 2013: Your #5 is a very good point.

      As to your #4, if you live in an area where there are foreigners, I would recommend trying to speak to them.
      Simply studying is not enough. It is also good to speak to those who have come from other parts of the world.
      • Jul 30 2013: agree it would be better to talk and meet people from different parts of the world but there are parts where that opportunity is not available. i.e. small towns
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          Jul 30 2013: yes, that is why I stated that "If you live in an area where there are foreigners" at the beginning of my comment.

          Good thing that we have the internet and sites like TED to help us, huh?
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  • Jul 26 2013: Simple really, we all come from the same source ....to be gobally aware means to understand and truly accept and live this at a core level . if it is important is relative to what YOU are choosing to experience:)
  • Jul 26 2013: Actually, we feel scared to the strangers. When their children ceaselessly do chats or meet people who join together with in the Internet, parents do not show positive attitudes because they think it is quite dangerous. I was a person like that. I had made relationships with people who I have known very well due to safety. However, our whole world are getting closer and we poeple have enormous opportunities to meet each other. And this is an revolution! We can corporate and help each other with open mind. We are never alone. Invisible links construct bridges between us ( ^^)
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      Jul 30 2013: "this is a revolution!".........it is, isn't it?

      I really enjoyed your contribution.

      And I totally agree........."We can cooperate and help each other with an open mind" :)
      • Jul 30 2013: Yes, sure it is Mary. I sometimes get surprised at our advanced technology:) Enjoy TED!!
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    Jul 25 2013: To be globally aware is to be realize I am one person out of 7+ billion people and I'm no better no worse than any of them. To understand humanity and to be humane, I must look past politics and religion, past economics status or class distinction, past race or nationality, and reside in the basic, most fundamental reality, that all life is one. Not just one human compared to another, but also this plant at my feet, this tree above me head, that rock to my side, the bird in this bush, all life, all nature, all creation is of one planet, ruled over equally by the same universal laws and existing within the realm of the four (or perhaps eleven) basic dimensions.

    To be globally aware is to start with the similarities and then go into the differences and not vice versa.
  • Aug 3 2013: Hi Asan,
    For me, to be globally aware is to carry with me throughout the day, the mindset that I am meaningfully connected to people I cannot see and lands I have not traversed. When I drink my morning coffee, I know that the hands that harvested the beans and toiled the land,often times for meager wages, were in pursuit of many of the same
    things as I, a way to take care of their families and a better way of life. When I reach for the faucet to effortlessly access running water, I am humbled by the thought that someone will walk several miles on blistered feet to bring back treasured buckets of this often taken for granted commodity.
    While I have traveled extensively and lived in other countries, I have concluded that to be globally aware is not about where you have been and what you have seen, it is about an open-heart and what you can feel.
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    Aug 3 2013: Asan,
    The question seems easy to me as well, and perhaps an easy question can have an easy answer? Awareness and the importance of awareness may mean different things to different individuals, and to some, it may mean nothing, so perhaps there are many answers.....all beneficial.

    To me, awareness of the life experience and everything involved in that adventure is interesting, and I am a very curious person, so I would not deny myself the opportunity to explore. It makes sense to me, to be aware of what is happening in this earth we all share, and I believe that people are all interconnected, so it makes sense to me to treat people and the earth we share with kindness and respect.

    The more we are aware, the more information we might have, which contributes and supports our existence on this earth in a beneficial, harmonious, peaceful way. To me, this simple idea seems logical, reasonable, realistic, and very possible:>)
  • Aug 2 2013: ...we must be globally aware to represent ourselves as intellectual, knowledgeable and well connected person...different knowledge facilitate myself to connect with people from other geographies...

    ...but this is half true...

    ...more I learned less difference I found...people are different from vocal language, dresses, cultures, philosophies or festivals...but are more connected and similar as human, as purpose...happiness and relations are the pursuit of everyone...recognition and insecurities are the driving forces...

    ....we must be globally aware to understand that we all humans live, believe and grow with same purposes; we are neither above or beneath anybody; but at different stages of awareness...different level of conscience...

    ...contribute to this awareness and oneness to stay aware blissfully, happily and freely...

    With regards

    Manish Kumar Aggarwal
    The Mindfood Chef
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      Aug 2 2013: couldn't it be as simple as global aware also affect our well being too? I mean both mentally and physically of course.
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    Jul 30 2013: Have you seen the latest pictures?

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/8-stunning-pictures-of-earth-from-space/#/awe-inspiring-views-earth-saturn-ring_69607_600x450.jpg

    We are nothing but a speck in the vastness of the universe.

    Perhaps what we need to be is universally aware.

    Who runs the universe?

    Perhaps awareness of that one detail is what we need to humble ourselves and actually stop all the nonsense that is wreaking havoc on humanity.
    • Jul 30 2013: Thank you for the beautiful pictures!

      Perhaps this quote helps answer your query:

      Each person alive helps paint the living picture of civilization as it exists at any given time, in your terms. Be your own best artist. Your thoughts, feelings, and expectations are like the living brush strokes with which you paint your corner of lifes landscape. If you do your best in your own life, then you are indeed helping to improve the quality of all life. Your thoughts are as real as snowflakes or raindrops or clouds. They mix and merge with the thoughts of others, to form mans' living-scape, providing the vast mental elements from which physical events will be formed.
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      Jul 30 2013: Universally aware. That would certainly put things into perspective.
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        Jul 30 2013: "A little perspective, like a little humor, goes a long way." A. Klein
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    Jul 30 2013: The cultures of the world, politics, religion, ecology, science, economy, gastronomy are all important perspectives to be considered. Different lenses we use to view the world. Just, when we're viewing, make sure to expand it past the local or regional.

    To me, global awareness is a puzzle. We come across little pieces of it everyday in the news, at the store, in tv shows, movies, school, work. Without having an idea of the 'big' picture, we're very limited in what we can do with it.

    The world is a dynamic place and every person affects and is affected by it. We should be aware of how.
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      Jul 30 2013: Gastronomy is a good one to mention, because it a great case study for your last line: "The world is a dynamic place and every person affects and is affected by it. We should be aware of how." That really applies to what food you meat, at least in my country, because whether you choose to buy local, organic, and vegetarian has a totally different impact on the world than if you eat most meats, certain fishes, highly-processed food and anything that's been shipped from all around.

      In making the gastronomic changes I've been trying to make, my global awareness has broadened. It has made me to take time to consider other cuisines as I search for different ways of cooking things and it has led me to read about the effects of commercial fisheries or how cattle, pigs, etc. introduce so much methane into the environment. It has made me see that my food decisions have an impact that "expand(s) it past the local or the regional." as you phrased it.
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        Aug 1 2013: Hi Daniel,

        I agree with you, however, I've been a bit confused about food for the past 2 years. I was vegetarian for about 6 years since 2005 and for about 14 years previously.

        I am insulin resistant. and been reading about low carb high fat. switched to eating meat, oil and veggies these past two years but I'm really really bad at dieting so can't really report one way or the other. It works for me when i don't cheat lol. But I'm still waiting for overwhelming proof from the scientific community.

        Listen to this guy
        http://www.ted.com/talks/peter_attia_what_if_we_re_wrong_about_diabetes.html

        Still very worried about the environment and desertification, but I think It'll take more concerted effort.

        you know, the US has a success story for reversing the desertification process. back when we had a dustbowl , That was stopped and reversed. Riparian buffers, strips of trees around fields.

        And I have a plan to green the world and create carbon sinks for that methane in the atmosphere. but that's a post for a different thread:)
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          Aug 1 2013: I'm totally confused about food. The more I read about it and the further I go in my 'research,' the more frustrated I get about it. Jonathan Safran Foer wrote a book called 'Eating Animals' that has permeated my conscious more than a rash of other books I've consumed (pun intended) lately. Adam Gopnik's 'The Table Comes First' was an antidote and yet somehow not the answer.

          Anyways, I'm sorry to hear you have IR. But on the positive side of things, it appears to me that it has expanded your awareness of food and made you more conscious of what you are eating and that seems like a good thing, right?

          I'm just having my morning coffee before I walk the dogs and take off for the day, but I will watch Peter Attia's talk later today and let you know what I thought. Thanks for the recommendation. I like watching the TED playlists, but I like even more to watch a talk someone recommends.

          I think the physical effects of the Dust Bowl were largely overcome or offset, but the short-sighted mentality of trying to take from nature as much as possible while giving as little as possible back in return in order to make the almighty dollar is, I think, perhaps cynically, still alive and well today. If you take I-40, I-70 or even I-80 west through that area today you see monocultures that extend from horizon to horizon, or the same three or four crops for mile after mile.

          Lastly, I love oil and veggies. I think I consume more olive oil than anyone I know and when I have money I will have a cabinet full of all the other kinds of oils, like walnut oil or avocado oil. Good luck with your low carb high fat 'diet,' I don't like that word.
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        Aug 1 2013: hehehe I don't like that word either. Coconut oil is really good and it's a medium chain triglyceride. Palm oil too except for it's big environmental impact. Glad to hear you're going local, and processed food is out for me too.

        It sounds like you've taken an interest and done some research and that's always a good thing:)
        I don't especially advocate anything specific about food except to read and make conscious decisions based on what resonates with you.

        And the dust bowl 'cure' in my mind would just be a start.

        Have you heard of China's great green wall? I'm reading about it now, so don't have all the details, but a lot of the trees died because they didn't use a logical pattern for them. and too many of the same trees.

        Allan savory's talk on how to reverse desertification is good too. Have you seen the show about how the natives engineered parts of the amazon?

        oops, time to go to work.
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          Aug 2 2013: I have coconut oil! I don't use it for cooking so often, but it goes in a lot of smoothies, because the taste of it goes a long way. I have to store it in the fridge, because it turns liquid in my cupboard. I think I saw something about palm plantations once.

          I watched the Peter Attia talk and I'm glad you suggested it. It's definitely something I want to pass on to my parents, something I think they should be aware. Personally, I found it inspiring to see a professional not merely admit, but embrace their mistakes and use it to become better in their profession and as a person.

          I hadn't hear of the Great Green Wall of China, but I did some online reading. Crazy. Did you know they have one in Africa, too? Called the Great Green Wall as well?

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Green_Wall

          And that led to an interesting link on something similar being done following the Dust Bowl.

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Plains_Shelterbelt

          I'll have to watch Allan Savory's talk now, too. And no, I don't know anything about native engineering parts of the Amazon.

          Around here you often see lines of pine trees that were planted decades ago as windbreaks but have grown to cathedral heights with blankets of pine needles spread out beneath them. And there is one outside my front door. "I say enjoyment of pine trees is artistically most significant, because it represents silence and majesty and detachment from life which are so similar to the manner of the recluse." --Lin Yutang, 'The Importance of Living'
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        Aug 2 2013: Hi Daniel,

        Thanks for watching it!

        Here's some information about the amazon
        Google search terms "the amazon natives engineered the forest"
        http://news.mongabay.com/2005/1017-amazon.html
        http://www.nbcnews.com/id/3077413/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/lost-cities-amazon-revealed/#.UfssXNI3BIU
        http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/research-innovations/photos/fact-or-fiction-7-eco-myths-debunked/the-rain-forest-is-a-nat

        Google search terms "the amazon natives terra preta"

        We can make terra preta and get rid of our landfills, even tire and plastic waste, even sewage, and utilize the energy it produces using this:

        Google search term "continuous microwave catalytic depolymerization"

        This explanation is good, but substitute depolymerisation for where it say pyrolysys and know that it doesn't have to be just biomass, it can be plastic, manure, sewage, tyres, household waste. and the biochar retains more carbon, especially if they do it at less than 350 degrees
        http://www.gizmag.com/biochar-to-offset-greenhouse-gas-emissions/16006/

        Then switch to no till farming, get rid of fertilizers completely, let the terra preta grow itself.

        Thanks for the links! following them now. I knew about the african one, but several years ago. I remember something about how the poor just went and cut those trees for firewood.

        And the shelterbelt is exactly what I was talking about. The planting of trees around fields and property lines and along waterbodies
  • Jul 29 2013: To be globally aware means to look at the world from center point of your perspective and to determine where one stands in this vast network of world.Global awareness can help one to develop sense of where one stands,what role one can play and help one to make deeper and coherent perspective of reality.
  • Jul 27 2013: It is importance to be global awareness because of people need to have a source of food ,water and communication to live in to days wold, With out this source we are domed to repeat the passed and have a dark age then there will be no knowledge just destruction.
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    Jul 27 2013: I know the need for risk, hard work, grit, education, all one needs to get ahead. In a way I'm a hard nose. I've no tolerance for slugs, layabouts, or profligate spenders. Unfortunately even the most industrious among us today, well educated people, are beginning to realize. The system is (completely skewed) in favor the (super rich), international ,criminal, banking, oil, and commodities, cartels.Sorry to say, but those who can't see that are simply not in possession of all the facts. When General electric Makes 30 billion in profits in a single year, and pays "ZERO" income tax, theres something seriously wrong. When Wall street executives who by their knowing, wanton, criminal, reckless, behavior nearly collapse, not just the American economy, but the entire worlds economy,we have serious problems. When organizations like the (American Legislative Exchange Council , ALEC) Funded by the (Koch brothers), Literally herds congress members into rooms, where they literally draft pending legislation (word for word ), without public knowledge, to be pencil whipped by that congress person, after a sizable (corporate) donation, that's not a (conspiracy theory) that's a coup de' tat. That is literally happening every day. Because of the (Citizens United Decision) we have these same people spending $10billion, on the last election, to literally buy congress, we are in very deep indeed. I could go on with examples for hours, and hours. My libertarian brothers, and sisters in my considered opinion are living in a fools paradise if they honestly believe we can do without a functioning government to police these thugs. Do they suppose all those wonderful hedge-fund managers on Wall Street, that are just brimming with ethical standard, and overflowing with the milk of human kindness, will do the right thing to rebuild Americas crumbling infrastructure. Will they assure the rest of us that they will meet their obligations. More the fool them that believe such a fantasy. Anti trust!
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    Jul 26 2013: .

    It is because:

    We have an ultra-high sensitivity,
    to almost anything anywhere on the globe.
    We can not get rid of it to survive.
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    Jul 26 2013: Many respondents below have noted, and I agree, that peoples across the world are interdependent in that the decisions we make affect other people's lives. Yet it is easy, depending on the news you watch or read and your other sources of information to have either no picture or a very distorted picture of what life is like outside your own neighborhood or your own country.

    Knowing about other cultures, the problems people face other than those with whom you are in regular contact, and the cool ideas others may be implementing can provide new ideas of how to solve problems right in your own backyard and also reveal problems elsewhere you may be able to be a part of solving or at least not making worse.

    Further, conflicts that leave everyone worse off often are caused by faulty information, misunderstanding of what is really going on, and people's not knowing each other well enough to care enough to collaborate.
  • Jul 25 2013: I think it means to be honest about what life is like all over the planet. It is necessary for us to identify where on the planet humanity is failing to live up to its potential. And, we have to be totally honest about our assessment of different cultures and political systems. Canada is a wonderful place. Iran is a repressive regime. This does not mean that Canada is perfect and Iran is worthless. We grow as a species by emulating that good things that humans are doing no matter where they are found. The US is a clean country. China is a major polluter. This does not mean that the US can't do better, but quit treating it like it is the killer of the planet. It is the leader and should be recognized for it. It should not be punished for not hitting arbitrary goals that no one else comes close to. The goal is steady improvement. If you want to know the answer to life, the universe, and everything, that is it.
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      Jul 26 2013: Thought I would point out something Charles. The figures show that The US burns more fossil fuel per capita / per person per year than any other country, and I believe exceeds the amount used in the third world (as a whole), I forget exactly, but it's a ridiculous amount. Not only that, (our pollution) that stuff we used to put out by the mountain full back in the day, well we've just outsourced that to China. In other words we're still buying all the crap, the lawn chairs the plastic coolers, the cheep cars, the millions of consumer items most of which serve only and entertainment purpose. The pollution is still being made by us, It just has to come floating back in toxic clouds, and baby formula full of melamine from China, The US military alone, uses more oil in one month than most third world countries do in a year. We are in no way innocent of criticism. It's all corruption, and the propaganda machine that keeps it all going suicidally. International criminal cartels control the whole operation. They have literally taken over our government to where we no longer live in a functioning democracy. It's now just a charade . It may well have been since the beginning. Who knows Charles?
      • Jul 26 2013: You are correct that we have outsourced some of our pollution creation to China by having products made there. But, we in no way dictate to China that they must pollute in order to make those products. Yes, it is also true that we burn more fossil fuel than any other country. We burn that fuel, produce less pollution, and create more wealth than most any other country on the planet. If we are concerned about the planet, we should do everything we can to encourage the US to burn more fuel, not less.

        https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CC0QtwIwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dnuv0K8H8ILM&ei=R9vxUdXpOsrArQHlr4GIDg&usg=AFQjCNFeAAl5r8tMDKBRw8MIeRD_XpKOCw&sig2=5ekQFHJwJRTTdwUexHrf8w&bvm=bv.49784469,d.aWM
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          Jul 26 2013: (real wealth creation), in the world right now is actually in (China),(Germany), and (India).They are doing what we use to do in this country. "They make things". It's true the size of our economy is larger, but mostly due to (finance money) about 70% + oil, NG and silicon valley. Multinational corporations like General Motors, that we just bailed out, and their fellows in the auto industry refused to correct their totally wrong headed plan for producing giant gas hogs. Meanwhile the rest of the world was riding mopeds, and driving fuel efficient vehicles. We were pretty stupid, and still are apparently. That's because the biggest share holders in those companies, were the same investment cartels that own billions in oil stocks, among other nefarious reasons.Then when the inevitable, and (deliberately planned) shift of customer choice went where any idiot would have known it would go IE Japan, and China, they pulled up stakes and started manufacturing in China. They did however manage destroy Detroit, and many other cities, They should be made to pay back the money they extorted from the communities they used, and threw away. They destroyed unions. They cut the wages by a huge amount so workers who use to raise a family can barely pay the rent. Charles my friend, I lived in Americas (golden, but blind) years when things were sailing. The world didn't hate us then. You could survive on a decent manufacturing salary with a house, kids, car, a dog all that. Eisenhower warned us about the (military,and intelligence industrial complex) His prediction has frighteningly come true to the point where we no longer have a functioning democracy, but a corporate fascist state. The lunatic Dulles brothers in charge of the CIA, brought us endless fiascos, and cosmic blunders. two corporate lawyers running the biggest spy agency n the world. Not a great plan i'd say. They screwed us big time in my opinion. Assassinations ,military coups, Vietnam, the list is endles
      • Jul 27 2013: There is only one kind of wealth creation. By definition, all wealth creation is real wealth creation. We lead the world in ideas and information. china and India may make the computers, but IBM, Apple, Intel, Microsoft and many other US companies make the profits.

        Now, GM is only wrong headed in producing gas hogs if the people don't want to buy them. The market will tell them to stop making them. You not wanting people to buy them is not a sufficient reason for people not to buy them. You certainly have every right to make the argument, and I would join your voice if the argument was persuasive. Society should be able to convince its citizens how to behave. However, if your argument was not persuasive, and the market did not say to stop making them, then I would stand in your way to use force of any kind in order to get what you want.

        But it is possible to convince society to do something or change its mind. Slavery was abolished because the argument was made until enough people were behind it to force a change. Prohibition was out, then it was in, then it was out again. I think all of these green initiatives that corporations do are a big waste of money, and most everyone else did too. But, societal pressure sure has most every company flaunting its green cred.

        Detroit was destroyed due to half a century of Democratic rule and nothing else. The jobs that shifted to Japan or anywhere else, though bad for the worker that lost his job, were good for the American consumer who got cheaper goods. If you want to blame anyone for the cut wages of the union workers you can only blame, the union worker, the company management. It's not as conspiratorial as you make it sound. Management pays itself huge salaries because it can. It limits union wages because it can, Unions fight for wages and benefits that the company can't sustain. Unions do not appeal to shareholders to reign in management or if they do they fail and then the company fails. It's pretty simple.
      • Jul 27 2013: I'm afraid that I just can't subscribe to your level of conspiracy. If you want to talk about government ineptitude, I'm with you. Either way, conspiracy or ineptitude, I would be happy to have you join me in pursuing the cause of freedom. Let's reduce the power that the government has for evil and incompetence. Then all you have to do is convince more of the citizens than I can as to which direction the country should take.
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      Jul 30 2013: I completely agree with your first post, Charles, except for one sentence "US is a clean country". Being completely honest is a very good thing to do, which is why it's important to note the difference between having clean streets and being clean. To me, being one of the largest polluters in the world and being clean are mutually exclusive concepts.
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    Aug 5 2013: IN MY VIEW: being globally aware is to know all that is to know about the world we live in such that we make right choices. I think this sort of access of information is very valuable but the condition is we should be in a state to utilize it. Its importance is related with our own ability. Hence the question we need to ask should be: are we capable of making the right choices if we have such access.
  • Aug 4 2013: global awareness for me is the oneness, it means the no-difference (inside) based on the recognization, approval of the difference (outside). Whatever the difference is, we can see ourselves from it.
    the media, or whatever the informations in our life, they insisted the differences; it because we were living as the "self" and not live as a "whole".
    Babies they are pure, and joyful because they didn't learn the self and differences.

    I don't know what could bring up the global awareness, certainly more understanding and illuminated living lifes
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      Aug 4 2013: Hello Yu, I quite agree with what you mentioned "no-difference (inside) based on the recognization". Does it mean "human nature " ? I believe what a human being in common is not only in terms of psychology and physiology, but also the reasons make us to be so different in terms of culture ,religion , history and political state.We started with learning the different;however, end with awareness of understanding ,toleration,sympathy and mutual-learning.
      • Aug 4 2013: Hi Dan, yes I think I mean the no-difference as the human nature, which I mean we all have been a baby once and we all grow old and we all have feelings etc.
        And I agree what you said about the common points of the human being, because I believe the mind is a lot of time mislanding or deceptive. At a lot of time, the head is leading human being but the head itself is conflictual. So if people don't lead by the head instead of recognize of their thoughts, there whouldn't have that much of people with eyes but blind heart.
        I think awareness is recognization and live as an unity but of course awareness is so large and maybe everywhere that I can't understand yet. I truly want to build or simply to live in a human harmony..place?