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Dean Salzberger

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Can we abolish nationalism and live in a globalized society?

The holocaust is an integral part of education in Israel. And for years Israeli students are attending programs and are going to Poland to learn and go through an emotional process, which usually ends in an educational message. Some messages are Zionist, some talk about democracy and humanity; others grow nationalization in students and encourage them to join the army.

A lot of years have passed since the holocaust and it seems people are starting to forget around the world. The world turns more and more extreme and nationalism grows like a disease. I never truly understood why Palestinians and Jews cant live in the same land [and no, I do not discount this conflict like many people in the world do].

And I assume most of you here are global minded humanists, but don’t think racism and hatred is only among us silly Middle Eastrens, your cultures and you and I personally tend to generalize groups with out even noticing.
That’s thought led me to a kind of depression. All my family died in the holocaust for what? For the countries to continue hating one another?
I know this banal statement directly leads you to think im some kind of a weirdo not practical hippi, and believe me; im not.

But I would like you to the following question in a creative and original way [“this is human nature and we cant do nothing about it” is not an answer].

Can the world live with out extreme nationalization, with out borders, with out hatred between different groups? Can the world be fully globalized?

P.S this is my first Ted question :) hopes it will lead to an interesting debate.

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  • Dec 17 2011: I believe that the world could live without EXTREME nationalism and hatred, and would be much better, however if you are thinking that countries should practically be done away with, and land is just land I disagree.
    • Dec 17 2011: Well, maybe when we are united be our nationaly we are programed to hate others? When I think about it, people always unite to groups of people when they have some kind of common enemy. Can be Dictatorship, capitalism, or another country. But that was always the case.

      Do you think we can unite with out a common enemy?
      • Dec 17 2011: Do I think that we could yes, do I think that we practically can without an enemy, probably not. People can unite without an enemy to fight, most are just too stubborn or close-minded to care unless there is something to fight.

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