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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: "global awareness" is merely a result of worldwide communication and media coverage. it means that the next generation is getting huge pressure to be good homosapiens. it is not important.
    • Jul 26 2013: If global awareness is a "result of worldwide communication" according to your statement, wouldn't that be extremely important? Because today's humanity is built on worldwide communication and that result might have dramatic effects.
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        Jul 26 2013: i don't see how.

        being aware of something happening on the other side of the world is pretty irrelevant to my daily comings and goings.

        if i needed to be involved in a debate or discussion about something global, i might need to be aware of the issues surrounding that particular topic.

        maybe if i sold a product overseas, it would pay to be informed about that market but i read the question as being relevant to my life, not general economics or business.

        it's unavoidable, these days, but to me, not important.
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          Jul 30 2013: Aside from selling to other countries, I think it's important to realize that we buy goods from them too. The impact of an unaware consumer is that they may think of themselves as ethical people while inadvertently contributing to atrocities being committed just for their almighty dollar.

          There's another viewpoint, which is that outside labor is cheaper, therefore they may lose their job or a job opportunity, all the while buying and paying for the outsourcing. It's good to know about your own far reaching impact on the world.

          A lot of toxic waste is being dumped outside. NIMBY says that's ok, it doesn't affect me, but it does in subtler ways.

          Thus far, I've restricted it to the consumer point of view.

          One day, you might get new neighbors moving in, and even if you're not a confrontational kinda guy, your other neighbors may be. They might get all territorial and start some unrest. you wouldn't be able to have an intelligent opinion on the issue (happened to me), then, after they get beat up, maybe killed, you realise that they were refugees running from the same islamic regime that they had been accused of being part of. I watched that happen about 8 years ago to sudanese christian refugees. Watched and had no clue.

          The stray bullet, the silent bystander, the innocent child, the disinterested neighbor. Life involves you. You might as well play a hand in how it gets shaped.

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