If our ancestors resurrected today they would be amazed at how fast things have changed since their departure. For them the whole world was limited to their immediate societies where everyone was obliged to the norms they had established. The world then was an orderly and accommodative. Today things have taken a totally new dimension. The whole globe has been made to one large society and borders have almost been discarded It is not surprising to find people of totally different countries being neighbours in the foreign country.
The technological advancement today has struck the world’s societies differently the impact of technology largely depends on which side of the technology a society finds itself on. To the developed countries technology has been used to dominate the economies of the world. It enables these countries to have a muzzle in getting their agendas through. The third world counties are the bigger losers on technological front. Because they lack the capacity to make new innovations, they dependent on other developed nations for aid. This increases poverty levels in the African and Asian countries. Technology has made other nations and societies rich while other societies have been pushed down to greater.
The opening up of borders to usher in a global society has increased awareness of individual rights. People have become more aware of their personal freedoms and evaluate the individual societies, for the failure. The marginalized in the society have become more aware of cultural practices that infringe on these rights. Conflicts have therefore risen from these as some societies still wish to identify themselves with these cultural practices. The battle for individual rights has led to the disintegration of some commonly accepted cultural practices that used to unite the society. The loss of such identity has led to an even greater desire in people to identify more with the world than with individual tribes.
The global economies growth has threatened weaker economies. These weaker economies as a result have resulted to forming economic blocks or regions so that they increase their bargaining power. The European Union is one such entity. Even African countries are forming economic regions to help them negotiate better deals with the larger economies. The larger unions formed are more aggressive and they represent the voices of the weaker. A single country cannot measure up to the demands brought by the globalization of the world economy. The unions engage in debates that do not resolve anything in the end and this is worrying. Some countries are geared towards dominance in economic matters and this may be one of the dangers of the global economy. (Rosow).
The global economy demands that individuals be equipped with skills that will enable them to compete with others. The kind of labour demanded by the greater world economic front requires that individuals be well educated people. Education has therefore been the emphasis in most parts of the world. In some societies educating the children was no priority but the global economic growth has led to all communities educating their children. The family unit is the one that has been hit hardest. Long before a family used to stay together with the global economy’s expansion some members work in distant lands. This has affected the stability of the unit which is very essential in the world. (Wolf, 2002).
With globalization have also come issues of security. Some countries have become sensitive and have instituted travel advisories against some countries. The diversity of cultures has become intolerance especially the religious matters. The Muslim community has been viewed as a threat to any countries security. The world has become intolerant of other people from different races.
The global economy has also had its negative contribution in the society. Because businesses are able to produce more and market their products to far away lands, there is increased demand for efficient transport systems. Air transport mode has been widely used for this purpose. Businesses have also become more engaged on mass production of products leading to bigger industries. Climatic changes have resulted to floods and other catastrophes. These have led to many people’s death across the globe. Incidences of famine in some areas are as a result of dry spells due to pollution. As the developed countries reap benefits from thriving industries, other part of the same world suffer from preventable disasters. Several measures have been proposed on handling this debate but the stronger economies have not consented to these measures. (Lehman, 1992).
The global economy’s growth has raised the demand for qualified people. The developed countries populations are shrinking and they do not provide enough labour to meet the demand. In the developing countries their populations are still growing and there are only a few qualified enough to handle the jobs on offer at the global level. The richer countries have therefore laid down ways of importing skilled labour by offering them opportunities. This has resulted into what is commonly called brain drain. The bright in underdeveloped countries are moving to the richer countries thereby denied their native lands on opportunity to grow. The debate on the issue ranges on. (Kirda, 1994).
The growth of the economy of the world has brought about great benefits as well as great suffering. The world should check the excesses of the global economy.