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…especially in a world like ours, where many of us find our lives intertwined in a web sewn by the money spider.
We have become an interdependent species, reliant on shoes from China, oil from Saudi Arabia, pharmaceuticals from Italy, and coffee from Brazil. Globalization has fattened the pockets of those seeking to expand, connect, and cater to the growing demands of a human population who wants what they want, when they want it.
Mangoes in December? Done.
Two-day International Shipping? No problem.
Cheaper oil? Drill, Baby, Drill.
We praise globalization for blessing many of us (but certainly not all of us) with such luxurious, convenient, and efficient lives. Yet, for how much longer? Having grown accumstomed to the lives we now lead, we fail to see the hidden chains that bind us to one another. We’ve already seen how Mad Cow disease in England, pet food contamination in China, and the chaos in the Middle East have greatly influenced our way of life in the United States, and conversely how our declining economic system has rippled throughout the international community.
With a big enough climatic, economic, or industrial iceberg, this Titanic is goin’ down, and there definitely aren’t lifeboats for all 6 billion of us.
Am I advocating geographical, economic, and cultural isolation? Of course not. However, a more sustainable way of living must be enacted. One that not only emphasizes localization, community development, and business methods that have a lesser impact on the natural environment, but also allows for global interaction.
It would be irrational to think that we could lead a no-impact lifestyle. As social creatures, we impact one another, we impact the ground we walk on and the air we breathe, we impact the ideas and plethera of knowledge that is passed on from generation to generation. Isn’t it time for us to impact our impact on the Earth and on ourselves?
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