Globalization

Globalization and homogenization    [click on this image to find a documentary that defines and examines processes associated with globalization]

Image from The Sociological Cinema.

I recently came to a conclusion that the globalization of tourism is a paradox. In some ways, I might counterargument myself in this post, on which I will review and reflect later. In one way or another, this might not be a new theory to surge, but what I write will be my personal opinion.

According to dictionary.com, “globalization” is:

  1. the act of globalizing, or extending to other or all parts of the world: the globalization of manufacturing.
  2. worldwide integration and development: Globalization has resulted in the loss of some individual cultural identities.

Nowadays, people love to get out of their comfort zone by the means of leaving behind their homeland. Traveling is the new way of life. To travel is the hip thing. To live abroad is a new experience which you will never gain elsewhere. To live abroad is to learn a new culture. To travel to other countries is to learn new culture and ways of life.

But with everyone traveling, everyone wanting to learn new things, and people abandoning their own culture to learn other cultures, isn’t that some kind of backfiring? I mean, you go on a trip and immerse yourself in the rich culture of a certain country, while the people from that country also go on a trip to immerse themselves in the rich culture of another country.

In the end, who stays behind would be people without the means to travel abroad, who will one way or another gain a chance to travel abroad in their future (I’m an optimist and I believe in every person’s portion of good luck in their life).

With everyone traveling to other countries, who stays behind but the old ones? And if, say, the old ones want to inherit the richness of their culture to their children, they would find their children out there trying  to find the richness of another culture.

Bit by bit, the cultures will fade away, what with people searching for the utopia, something unreachable.

Globalization, as stated in the phrase in the quote above, has resulted in the loss of some individual cultural identities. If this goes on, I won’t be surprised that in the future, almost nothing is unique as almost everyone is the same: searching for cultures when they actually are living in a technological and consumptive culture.

The culture we seek for is within our reach. I’m not telling all of us to stop traveling and stop discovering, but I’m just saying that while we do so, preserve the culture of our homeland so that it might not be lost in the future. Mankind will only realize that they had something when it is lost.

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