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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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  • Jan 2 2012: It is not geographical borders that are the problem, but the borders within ourselves. Mankind is one family with great ethnic and spiritual diversity, and we should rejoice in this fact.
    All civilisations must adhere to certain moral principals of cooperation to survive. Those that survive the longest are those that achieve the most wellbeing and security for its citizens. It is the conflicts from within and without that lead to war and national calapse. We are all interdependant on this solitary planet. As the resources of the planet dwindle, and nations confront each other for control, human existance itself will be called into question. .It is not a question of if; but when.
    Every large problem can be broken down to its component parts and origins. In Israel it's that two peoples claim the same land. Their are only three solutions: share the land, anihilate your opponent or live in conflict. Since the spiritual principle of justice for all men is second to national aspirations there can be no peace.
    Spiritual aspirations of peace and justice must take precedence over personal and national interests when they conflict, in order for the world's populations to enjoy equality and peace. In fact. to exist as a species, at all.
    The changes must come from a new sense of spiritual purity that recognises the aspirations of all peoples to a fair share of the planets' recourses whatever your race, religion, or national origin.
    If anyone can claim to have made the world, take it- it's yours.

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