Is Globalization for the General Good?
The term globalization is commonly used to describe the spread as well as the connectedness of different aspects throughout the world such as communication and production that may require cultural, political and as well as technological aspects. There had been different opinions whether these changes brought by globalization is for the betterment of the people or the other way around. It is evident that the level of trade in a global scale is higher than any point in history as well as the range of goods and services that are available. The world today is very much different from what it was in the past and as time passes new and new changes are sure to arise. It is evident that globalization is not just a talk and it really does change the world, the question now is whether it promotes the general good.
It is undeniable that before we had these very fast vehicles, people live in a world where travelling is such a difficult task and requires a lot of time. It is even impossible to travel through air. Today we are enjoying the convenience of transportation which is brought by globalization. Even traveling to other country will only take some hours. There had also been several developments in the field of communication. Today, communication is just a snap of a finger through different gadgets such as cell phones, computer and others. Through time, better and faster ways of communicating had been developed and new devices and mediums are being established. Information transfer is quite faster today than it was ever before. However, globalization really does take a lot of time. As for example, 40 years of time was needed in order for radio to gain million of audience in the United States and another 15 years for was spent before millions of people are able to use personal computers. The effect of globalization cannot be seen at once, it really takes a lot of time. However, globalization is also the cause of pollution which is a problem that is faced by most countries today. And although technology is able to save several lives, it is also pointed as the source of some recently discovered diseases. Globalization in terms of technological advancement is beneficial and is also a threat. Massive weapons of mass destruction had also been made possible.
Globalization changes almost every part of our lives including our perception, culture and many more. One of these changes that can clearly be observed is the way women are viewed today and how they are viewed before. As the traditional family system in different parts of the globe are being transformed. Women are striving for greater equality in different forms. Not only in the family are women today given much authority and power but as well as in many other aspects, even in politics. Globalization is really changing the world. Globalization is not just about big systems but small units as well such as the family. Globalization involves a lot more and almost everything that is important to mankind.
The effect of globalization can be seen in almost every aspect; however, most of the time, economic influences are the most seen and evident. It is true that only few are on the past track to prosperity but the majority is certainly not living in misery and despair. Globalization not only eliminates the hard work that is put in the shoulder of the poor but it also eliminates certain injustice that can be seen in our past history.
We are now living in a runaway world that is not secure and filled with anxieties. Whether globalization promotes the general good cannot be answered in simple way. But generally speaking, globalization is for the better good. Although it has some disadvantages, by summing up all of the effects that globalization had brought, I can say that it is indeed for the general good. We are now living in a better world that allows us to see the good things that globalization had brought. Definitely, no one will be willing to exchange his or her life to live in the past. Globalization is for the better good. (Word Count: 695)
Giddens, Anthony. “Globalisation”. 1999. 14 January, 2007
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