In an alternate universe humans could possibly think and behave the same, wear similar outfits and always be smiling and remain peaceful. But we live on Earth, where everywhere I go I encounter someone with completely different values than mine, where problems occur within nations, because of clashing point of views. The world is filled with various paradigms each individual or nation holds. If each one of us had the exact same belief and value system the world would be bland; no self-expression or individuality would be present. The unique beliefs each person display help shape nations; the shared values within cultures unite a nation or group of people and create a topic one is able to learn about. Paradigms may be used to be beneficial or harmful, as intelligent beings we must use knowledge wisely and be considerate of others and Earth.
Globalization’s Effects on the Environment- Boon or Bane by Jo Kwong, proposed general ideas of how globalization may be beneficial. The author expressed the idea of potential developing countries to follow the methods wealthy countries did in the past, but each country is unique; one solution will not help solve the environmental problems the individual countries have. Wealthier countries can assist developing nations, but because of the cultural differences the progress will not be similar. Each country values natural resources differently, one country may be against deforestation while another has no problem using the area to construct a city. The United States became a wealthy nation by the methods used by ancestors and today many view it as the land of opportunity. Although, the tactics to develop the U.S. were successful for the nation, the ideas are not applicable to every country. For example, the methods may not help a country like India, because of the overpopulation, natural resources, and social norms. If wealthier countries are willing to assist those in development, the countries should also accept the human and regional differences and consider various techniques for individual nations.
Each country has its own beliefs and value system, the paradigms are the characteristic which mold a culture to be unique. The sets of beliefs may be beneficial to the environment or harmful; therefore, as humans we must consider the pros and cons of such beliefs. If the goal of world leaders is to create nations which are advanced in technology, environmental factors should also be taken into account. Jo Kwong mentioned the Kuznets Curve, but how are people certain there will be environmental improvement at the peak of success. There is always the possibility of humans craving more, it is within our being to always seek for more. The superficial needs at times blind us to see what is important in the world like climate change, deforestation, or poverty. Problems are usually spoken about, but only a few people take action to speak against the multiple problems. Although, how do we rebel against the social norms which may damage Earth? How does one know what to believe in? Mindfulness is believed to be beneficial for the human health; the mindful method allows humans to contact and become aware of true paradigms. Not everyone will develop the habit of mindfulness, but maybe people can take a moment to consider what truly matters.
I do enjoy having the opportunity to live in a generation where technology has advanced. Thanks to human curiosity and ambition to discover more, people have the privilege to learn what is outside of our atmosphere. I would love to see each nation prospering and become economically stable, but it is easier said than done. To have each nation fully develop will be a long and strenuous journey, but I hope the decisions made will be considerate towards the planet, cultural traditions, and values.