Last year I reviewed Thomas Friedman’s best seller The World Is Flat to add to our ever-growing list of book reviews on our web site.
Friedman does a great job of explaining globalization and how it will impact all of us in one way or another in the very near future—if it hasn’t already.
In my travels I’ve come across a large number of people who fail to see themselves impacted in any way because they simply don’t understand globalization and have yet to recognize an example of it.
I see more and more instances everyday on TV, the Internet and via print media. Consider recent news reports on the many recalls we’ve witnessed in the past few months, the growing trade imbalance, healthcare comparisons around the world,
immigration concerns, jobs being exported to every corner of the globe, etc. It’s all around us.
In re-reading Lee Iacocca’s best seller Where Have All The Leaders Gone (also reviewed on our website), I discovered a very revealing explanation of globalization. Lee explains it this way:
“My friend, former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who knows something about globalization because he’s one of the few people who has seen the whole globe from the moon, sent me this piece that he said was making the rounds of the Internet. It makes the point—vividly:
Question: What is the truest definition of Globalization?
Answer: Princess Diana’s death.
Question: How come?
Answer: An English princess with an Egyptian boyfriend crashes in a French tunnel, driving a German car with a Dutch engine driven by a Belgian who was drunk on Scotch whiskey, followed closely by Italian Paparazzi, on Japanese motorcycles, treated by an American doctor, using Brazilian medicines. This is posted by an American, using Bill Gates’ technology, and you’re probably reading this on a computer that uses Taiwanese chips and a Korean monitor, assembled by Bangladeshi workers in a Singapore plant, transported by Indian lorry-drivers, hijacked by Indonesians, unloaded by Sicilian longshoremen, and trucked to you by Mexican illegals. That, my friend, is globalization!”
Iacocca goes on to point out that he certainly isn’t making light of Princess Diana’s death. However, he emphasizes the fact that it makes your head spin to consider how interconnected the world has become. Some people are nervous about globalization while others are simply in denial. But it’s impossible to escape it—the way the world seeps in. You can no longer fence the world out, and you can’t fence yourself in. Technology knows no borders.
To fear globalization is to fear change, but like it or not, change is a constant in our lives. Acknowledge it, accept it, and strive to deal with it. The alternative can be disastrous!