People around the world are increasingly identifying as global citizens, according to a new BBC poll that shines a light on changing attitudes about immigration, inequality, and different economic realities.
Imagine their are no countries; it isn't hard to do; and no religion too.
To paraphrase John L.
This is a very positive trend! Of course, those in power do not see themselves as that -- but the people do, for the most part.
With all due respect, I would submit that this 'poll' is more interesting for the fact of it even being done and the timing of it being done than for result generated. In other words, the only value to this would be to get the internal corporate background (eg: memoranda and perhaps emails in its developent) for the texts utilized in the "questions".
I would be very surprised if any of it actually gets into the real meaning of daily life, family and community identity which have been systematically erased from 'national identity' concerns. This poll is essentially human beings as banker/IMF/World Bank/predatory capital objects. God forbid there should be any terminologies and concerns beyond neo-colonial siloing for the purposes of globalization.
Today's DN has extended interview with Yanis Varoufakis. Worth every minute to contemplate and apply as context.
Global citizenship is an interesting bit. There is a 'conspiracy theory' about it. An old one that goes back to the late '60s. The idea is that we would be under the New World Order that Bush Sr brought up in one of his State of the Nation addresses. You can catch it on Youtube. What they warned about is that we, as Americans specifically, would lose our rights we have now for things like peaceful protests and what-not. The funny thing is that we have lost the ability to protest in general and have to legally ask permission now. Thats been on this site in several articles over the years So, is it that the theory is now reality, or a mere coincidence? I have seen several 'conspiracy theories' come true in the past 20 years, such as the Gulf of Tonkin incident and the like. So, conspiracies exist no doubt, but this particular one is supposed the true demise of our nation apperently. It will be interesting to see if it is true. Until then, the ball is being moved forward one yard at a time.
One more thing, all the 'conspiracy theories' that come true: we as people will be talked into them as if we were the ones that wanted it to happen. That is the ultimate end-all with any given theory...we the people will be talked into to it and want to do it as if it was the peoples idea the whole time.
Like money or science?
Earth's artificial lines, the crust being divided by the rich with their current firepower. Global is good, but I'd kinda favor the thought of a Universal Citizen.
We are in a time of transition.
As US Citizens, we are told that there is a Bill of Rights, yet the concept that these are
Human Rights and they extend outside the US to such places as GTMO is a point of
LAW that escapes our Government's Thought Processes.
We see the World Court in the Hague making valiant efforts to bring these Human Rights
to all Peoples of the World. Yet one of the main impediments to this process is the US,
given that adherence to the World Court's Legal Precedents would mean that most of our
worldwide colonial intrusions would make our US Leaders subject to prosecution.
There is no Us and Them, there is only WE.
The fact that the majority of people "Get It" is an encouraging event.
We will need a unified WE to tackle the coming global challenges.
Time to end the BS nationalism, especially when people use it to raise some people's lives above others as more valuable. And definitely end this idea of 'American exceptionalism.'
Indeed especially since the ecological crisis affects us all and needs all of us working together. And why especially we also need to tie other issues together such as war and inequality.
by Mohammed Ali
Anybody who has shed the ' my country right or wrong' would do as a working definition.
If someone is born on this planet, they have the right not to be wantonly killed.
If someone makes your shirt, they have the right to afford a shirt for their own back.
If a young woman comes to your city seeking freedom, she has the right to not be enslaved, trafficked and prostituted.
If someone comes to your city seeking refuge from death, they have the right to not be seized in the night, held incommunicado in horrid prison condtions and finally deported to their death. Little kids have the right to not be picked up by the INS, deported and never heard from again. When this happens to an American citizen, people yell when the kid is found in Mexico and repatriated.
Yes. No annihilation without representation!
Colonization anyone? The technology that is brought in like Nassuridin's donkeys is PR phrasing. Everything is draped in it whether factual bases are necessary or not. The 'report' is a reference sheet for the weaponry of little mouth noises to be issued from talking heads on the tube.
"The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens."
One place to show your support:
Almost 200 years ago, the founder of the Bahai Faith, Bahá'u'lláh, have addressed humanity regarding the Unity of Humanity.
It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world.
The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.
The conviction that we belong to one human family is at the heart of the Bahá’í Faith. The principle of the oneness of humankind is “the pivot round which all the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh revolve.
Bahá’u’lláh compared the world of humanity to the human body. Within this organism, millions of cells, diverse in form and function, play their part in maintaining a healthy system. The principle that governs the functioning of the body is cooperation. Its various parts do not compete for resources; rather, each cell, from its inception, is linked to a continuous process of giving and receiving.
Every individual is a member of the body of humanity. Each is essentially noble, possessing a unique soul. All have a common purpose—to carry forward an ever-advancing material and spiritual civilization. All are the citizens and co-stewards of one planet, entitled to enjoy the benefits of such a civilization. If one member of the body is in anguish or distress, all the other members must necessarily suffer. This growing awareness of our common heritage and interdependent future is redefining our understanding of ourselves and challenges the ways of contemporary society. It rejects the adversarial practices of partisan politics, the competitive spirit dominating economic activity, and the countless other situations in which conflict is accepted as the driving force of human interaction.
The emergence in diverse settings of communities guided by values of cooperation and reciprocity serves to challenge notions that human nature is essentially selfish, competitive, and driven by material consideration. Rather, we have the capacity to act out of “great unselfish love for humanity” and can operate like “the fingers of one hand, the members of one body.”
The oneness of humanity, however, does not imply uniformity. Rather, the Bahá’í writings affirm the principle of unity in diversity. More than the mere tolerance of differences or celebration of superficial aspects of diverse cultures, the diversity of the human family should be the cause of abiding love and harmony, “as it is in music where many different notes blend together in the making of a perfect chord.”
The idea of nation is quite young. For example: the US is among the older nations.
Democracy is an ancient tool used by humans to focus distributed intelligence.
The idea of democracy has little to do with the idea of nation.