The Globalization of Kindness
More and more, we are aware of the vast migrations of people from one country to another, from one continent to another. We take for granted the minute-by-minute exchanges between financial markets across great distances. Technology and rapid, split-second sharing of information on the communication superhighway, imports and exports of all kinds, and the mixing, merging, and integration of cultures are all part of globalization. This isn’t new. It’s been going on for centuries. And it makes the world feel manageable, controlled, and small. We can think and feel as if the world is the size of the navigational application on our smartphones.
Once in a while, however, something happens to remind us that our planet is big. The world financial crisis, Typhoon Haiyan, and the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 did just that. Money and economic systems can fail. The weather is more and more unpredictable. And technology isn’t always dependable. In the face of crises like these, the world can seem unmanageable, out of control, even hostile. And we can feel very small. Our global human ego is deflated and we can feel as if the power, strength, intelligence, and other competencies and capabilities that we rely on are all illusions.