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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 18 2011: I think it's not a matter of nationalism but a matter of cultural identity. One idea that bothers me is that to combat racism many people think each person must be viewed exactly the same, sometimes to the extreme of not noticing our differences. I think this way of thinking leads to a different form of racism. I do not believe we will see the end of racist extremist until smaller societies learn that differences are not a negative aspect but rather a strength. Viewing the world from different cultural perspectives can give us a better understanding of whole picture.

    There are a lot of 'melting pot' societies that push the idea of one 'American culture' (as an example) which leads to our micro cultures loosing much of their cultural heritage such as foods, language, musics, traditional beliefs and ancient knowledge. It is the fear of losing identities that manifest into racism. That being said, history and cultural background is important to ultimately understanding who we are and why we operate the way we do. As I see it, the question is, how do we keep our unique identities while respectfully working together? The more globalized the world becomes, the more we lose our historical backgrounds and become one global mono culture. Of course that adds another element which is, if we were a globalized society, what culture would dominate our perspective? In other words, who or what would be in charge of the rules and regulations in that society? How would we decide which cultural lens to look through when holding people and business to ethical standards?

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