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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 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


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