We, humanity, are living in a globalized world. Everything feels closer and closer and we are being affected by world-wide interdependence everyday. However, is this really significant? Today, I’d like to share the pros and cons of globalization.
Globalization has given and can continue to give people many advantages . A great example might be Hong Kong and Singapore. Hong Kong was once a country depending only on fishing, but became Asia’s financial center as time passed. Singapore, as well was only a weak, undeveloped kingdom called Singapura but became a country with a powerful economy. Like this, we can see these developments of countries made by globalization. Plus, as the majority of citizens are able to be influenced by international experiences, many ideas can be formed and new businesses could be made as a result of these international experiences. The collapse of the Korean Joseon dynasty can be one significant example. The Joseon dynasty refused and denied any trade with foreign countries and any tax collected wouldn’t be used for developing the country, but the only for greed of officials and the king’s family members. This led to Joseon still using bows and arrows while most neighboring countries were using muskets and rifles and eventually collapsing. Without globalization, the speed of development of humanity, would have been a lot slower, and there wouldn’t have been the Industrial Revolution nor the Agricultural Revolution, which would make the world completely different than now. Many disagree on this idea on the fact that globalization can terminate cultures easily, but the termination of cultures is a risk we have to handle and manage for the development of humanity, but it is not such a big problem when compared to the advantages.
Thus, there are many economic advantages due to globalization, but there are many disadvantages. Every year, more than 100 languages disappear and many are endangered. Many languages have only 1 remaining speaker; think about what you’d feel and be like when you’re the only remaining speaker of your language. That language can be yours. Can the value of the founder of your language’s effort and the value of a language have less value than economic advantages? Not only would there be risk of languages being lost, but there would also be the risk of other cultures. When these kind of developments can be made, there can be many people who have a hard time in following up. Especially, when the speed of development is getting faster and faster.
There are both pros and cons on every single theme and globalization’s pros and cons a popular theme between people for debates and discussions. Like this, this was my pros and cons on globalization. Where do you stand for?