I’ve heard it said that globalization is the only way for world peace. I was a little surprised to hear that. Why? Because peace requires people, people who practice peace daily in their lives, not governments or organizations.
So long as the majority of people look outside of themselves to solve their problems or to find their happiness, ignoring what they can do to improve themselves as a part of the world’s human race, then there will always be conflicts and hostilities.
I’ve wrote several articles on how a person’s ego plays a large role in why people think the way they do, which in turn leads them to behaving in negative and self serving ways. There are organizations who claim to want to bring peace or are working for the betterment of Earth and all its inhabitants that use force of one kind or another in an attempt to make things as they think they should be. The people active in such organizations, though their intentions might be good, they are still working from the ego mind.
So how is globalization going to correct this kind of behavior? It can’t. Governments and laws can not eliminate incorrect thinking or actions, as you know if you read the newspapers or watch the TV news. At best, they can only deter some harmful behavior. And this is accomplished through fear of retribution, not instilling love and harmony into people. The only way to correct bad behavior is to correct your thinking. Buddha knew this and it’s listed in the Eight-Fold Path.
World peace will happen only when all people of the world, individually, realize that their answers lie within themselves and not outside, such as with their government or authoritative figures.
I am reminded of a passage I heard as a child from the Bible where the people, now referred to as Jews, asked God to give them a King. God asked them why they needed a King, for he (God) was here to guide them. But the people insisted and God selected Saul to be King and rule over the people. Over time, Saul became corrupted by his position of wealth and power and was later replaced by David as King. And we know the story of David, both good and bad. I’m sorry I can not quote the specific passage nor remember its exact location in the Bible and only refer to it to make a point.
Because wealth and power has such a strong and corrupting influence on people, there will not be peace. As long as we as individuals ignore our true inner being, allow our minds, (ego), to rule our thoughts and actions, we will not be able to feel united because we will not see how we are all one.
Globalization, governments, authoritative figures nor laws can do this for us. It is something we all have to take responsibility for and do for ourselves.
If you truly want world peace, then make peace with yourself first. Connect with your true self and your source. That is where each of us will find love, acceptance, harmony and peace. Which in turn we will spread to the people, environment and the world around us. Only then will there truly be world peace.