Globalization & World Religion

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“The purpose of religion is to control yourself, NOT to criticize others.”    -Dalai Lama

In case your wondering, globalization is a term or buzzword used to describe a variety of changing economic, political, cultural, ideological, environmental, and technological processes that are transforming our experience of the world. The term has been used in both the popular press and academic literature to describe a process, a condition, a system, a force, and an age. (Globalization: A Very Short Introduction by Manfred B.Steger)

In other words, globalization is the means by which the world mixes and mingles heart, mind, and soul together to form a collaborative and consolidated effort at utilizing every nick and cranny of the earth’s resources at varying degrees of beneficiality for all.

So now, what is world religion?

Glad you asked!

World religion is a little tricky to define because unlike globaliztion it has yet to be established as a term worthy of being discussed by mainstream. Like clouds without water, it exist but not really?   Yeah, you got it!  How is that even possible?

Well could it be because only a certain selected or chosen few would understand the existence of such a term? Let’s say…..maybe certain theologist, journalist,  or national world leaders???

The world has many religions and these many religions come with many differences. However, all seemingly were created for the intent to shape our communities in such a way that all should be able to COEXIST by means of religious tolerance.

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So IF we all are to COEXIST, shouldn’t we be more capable of obtaining life, liberty, peace, prosperity, and so on….?

Yep, you GOT it again!

How could this be?

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IT COULD ALL BE ACHIEVED BY GLOBALIZATION, just think about that for a minute?

No more fussing and fighting over his & her religion for the sake of government, no more fussing and fighting over so & so’s land, wouldn’t it be nice?

ONE WORLD, ONE RELIGION, ONE GOVERNMENT that represents ALLworld-religion

As we contemplate this week’s blog topic, use the following exercise to help you brainstorm:

  • Present two recent controversial religious issues that have risen from globalization
  • Present two non-governmental solutions to these religious issues that could rise from globalization

And without further ado the challenge is on, LET’S S.I.P!

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Globalization & World Religion”

  1. The Relationship between World Religion and Globalization these days, one of two views immediately come to my mind. First, there is the way in which globalization flattens out cultural differences, erodes local customs and beliefs, and spreads a secular, capitalist way of life that is at odds with religions of all sorts. Secondly, religion serves as a source of globalization’s greatest resistance and a haven for those standing in opposition to its ubiquitous yet often subtle power. In both of these views, the relationship between religion and globalization is antagonistic—one of struggle and conflict.
    While opposition is an important aspect of the relationship between religion and globalization, to see them only as foes misses some of the complexities of their interaction, not only in the past but in the postmodern future of the world as well.
    Religion and globalization can also be seen as partners in historical change. In times past, religion, in various manifestations, has been a carrier of globalizing tendencies in the world.
    What is globalization?
    We have to examine the process of globalization critically. Recently an international forum on globalization stated that “it is not the latest phase of human progress but rather an ideology imposed on the world by transnational corporations and their followers in governments and universities
    What is the role of religions?
    The problems of globalization are of such magnitude that any one nation or institution cannot deal with them effectively. They are the concerns of all nations, all religions and all institutions of humankind. Science, economics, politics and religions should stand together in eliminating these threats and building a new humanity. We should note that all religions were global and transnational; they could organize people beyond national boundaries. But now they have taken the back seat and let the trading companies take the lead. This may be because religions were too slow to respond to human development. This has to change. Religions should take the lead in fostering universal fraternity
    S.I.P Embrace the movement ……

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  2. Globalization has transported the good, the bad, and the ugly. Here, we will take a look at some the religious issues that have been considered to have risen from globaliztion.
    1. Muslim Immigration
    2. Immunizations and Prenatal Care (Health & Human Services for Women and Children)

    Anyone who has followed current news should be aware that immigration has been the United States most controversial topic and for good reason. Due to 9/11 and many other terrorist activities (attacks) many of the citizens are afraid or suspicious of Islamist. Although our nation faces many internal violent and terrorist like activity, our political leaders and communities seems to believe by creating a law similar to that of the The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 against the muslims will create a seemingly safer country for all. If this act should be created how then can we say that America is a country that represents freedom of religion?
    Suppose, local communities created a non-governmental solution to resolving the matter. Suppose, we take a closer look for ourselves into the reason why we feel so threatened by this particualar religious group maybe then could we create a more harmonious relationship with them. In becoming more aware of their culture, their idealogy, and their beliefs we could possibly understand who they are and our relationship to them. We should all be fully aware that the U.S. has more than just taken an interest into the Islamic community. It has invested time, energy, and money into thier land but for what reason? Well, why now has this community become so corrupt that we need to separate them from our homeland while we yet have SO much invested?

    As for immunizations and prenatal care, we have heard the growing and devastating number of disease and disabilites spreading throughout the world. Of course, most of them seem to be deriving from Africa, as media will have us to believe. If so, why is it so hard the Centers of Disease Control or World Health Organizations to obtain better control over these diseases. Could it be because many of the villagers or town communities DO NOT want to be treated? Many of the elders or African traditionalist believe that taking man-made medication is an no-no. Some have been taught this for so many years that even when faced with treatable (curable) disease or illness they refuse. What does that mean for government? What does that mean for other countries who travel there?
    Suppose these villagers are not only against preventative medicines because of religious reasons, but what if they rejecting treatment out of pure SUSPICION of those offering the medicine. Maybe, if we took more time to get involved in establishing a more honest relationship with these villagers we could better resolve the matter.

    COMMUNICATION IS KEY and EVERYONE DESERVES TO BE HEARD because if we all must COEXIST, now is the time to build better bonds for all for WE ARE ONE!
    S.I.P

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