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Final Post

Globalization:
Midterm Reflection

Chris
Garcia

                To
be completely honest, I did not think I would enjoy this course when I signed
up for it. Mainly due to the fact that I had no idea what globalization was,
let alone its impact on semi-skilled workers in China. Upon further
investigation though, my interest sparked a little bit. I think it started with
our class discussion as we attempted to unravel the definition of
globalization. What we came up with was “Globalization
is the increase in interactions between people around the world that involves
the sharing of ideas, goods, cultures, and businesses.” Seems simple enough,
but as ideas were shot back in forth during the initial drafting of the
definition, I realized its true complexity. Globalization encompasses so much,
and I think that’s what really intrigued me. Economic, political, and even
environmental impacts are due in part to globalization. These impacts also have
their fair share of pros and cons and beg the question, is globalization good
or bad? This is an extremely heavy question with endless possibilities and
radically different perspectives, all from professionals. That is when it finally
sunk in. We really don’t know what globalization is. That’s what makes it so
interesting to study, to use past information and try to make some sense of the
mysterious future.

The first real philosophy I dove
into was that of Fareed Zakaria in his book, The Post American World:
Release 2.0.
To summarize, he talks about the rise of the rest of the
countries in the world. Many countries, especially the likes of China and
India, are catching up to the United States in all sectors; economically,
politically, and even in aspects of nationalism. Upon reading this, the idea of
globalization hit even closer to home. Literally. In a sense that the idea of
globalization could easily affect me and the rest of my life. My entire life
has been spent in the United States and all the while we have been the world’s
leading superpower. I have never known anything else but being the big dog, and
for Zakaria to say that the rest of the countries in the world are catching up
and could potentially pass us, is a somewhat startling thought. It was this
concept, “the rise of the rest,” that was really the inspiration, and
underlying argument in my blog posts.

The fact that I can equate my book to what I’m learning in class,
reading in articles, or even just thinking about, shows some intellectual
growth in my opinion. For example, in our globalization picture assignment, I
used I picture of uncle same juggling three globes, and dropping one on his
head. This suggests that the U.S is trying to do too much around the world and
not worrying about themselves enough. If this continues it could “come crashing
down” on them. I feel like I might have understood this concept without the
class and reading the book, but the background that the two provided me with
definitely gave me a deeper understanding. I was able to draw a connection
between the picture and a quote from my book, “in a world that is moving
fast, what will happen when America is too busy globalizing everyone else to
globalize itself.”

I
have even started to translate my globalization thoughts into real life. One
day during philosophy class we were discussing whether the actions of different
cultures could be seen as right or wrong, or if was just simply based on the
custom of that culture. The teacher used an example of Eskimo’s who would
sometimes leave the elderly out in the cold to die if they were too old to
contribute to the family anymore. The teacher continued to ask what would
happen if these Eskimos were placed into our society, would their culture be
viewed as wrong? Or just as their own custom? For some reason I could help but
think of some global implications. Globalization has allowed for the diffusion
of cultures all over, especially in the United States. So it really could be a
possibility for people to adopt customs like these, especially with such easy
transfers of ideas, goods, and cultures. In a globalized world, with all kinds
of different beliefs, we really do have to consider that question that my
philosophy teacher posed to us. This idea may be a little far-fetched, but I
definitely think this class is getting to me, especially when I relate it to a
completely unrelated subject like philosophy.

It
took me a while to really get into this class, but I’d say the end result was
worth it. I went from having no knowledge of globalization to learning about
China’s low tech industries that are facing as much as a 50% turnover. These
factors eventually will force the Chinese to upgrade their entire industrial
base to make higher-margin goods. This is a global impact with a direct effect
on the semi-skilled workers of China.

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