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Lots of thoughts spring up to my mind when I hear the phrase “Think global act local.” From the one side, this means the lack of connections between the highest and the lowest institutions within the country. The minorities are neglected by the government because their interests are not that significant. On the other side, this phrase may have an opposite explanation. When a person starts changing something locally, this act may inspire others to change our world for better. In this paper, I will consider these two counterarguments and provide examples.
Our society is experiencing nowadays a budgetary crisis that prompts it for early solutions. This bad situation influences lots of countries, and things do not look to keep very well. Can this problem occur because of thinking globally and oppressing locally? In this article, I will explain everything by using examples taken from my culture. People should start looking how the highest level of the government behaves. The European Union is trying to solve the problem and the crisis.
Sometimes the interests of the locals are neglected. The decisions are made without paying attention to the minorities because the higher governmental institutions are more significant. The seats in the European Parliament are distributed according to the population of the country. It means that the biggest countries are always in charge. Consequently, the local interests are left aside. If paying attention to Spain, it can be concluded that the Government has made a decision to enlarge some national taxes. This measure, which has been taken with global objectives so that Germany and France do not force this Member State out of from the European Union, is not beneficial for the citizens of the country. This viewpoint proves that thinking globally does not interact with local needs as to the budgetary crisis.
The other proofs for this viewpoint are hidden within the families. Most people sometimes do not have time to care about the elders. However, they can be volunteers in various organizations which encourage helping the pensioners. It means that people have to care about their families first of all, and then think globally about social problems.
Another similar example can be found in the relationships with the close friends. When thinking globally, people want to have lots of friends all over the world. That is why they travel a lot, find new acquaintances. However, while doing this, some of us forget about the closest friends who are left in the motherland. It does not mean that we need to have only several good companions whom we met at the place where we live. It means that we do not have to forget about the local people while thinking globally.
Our modern society pushes people to get a higher job position, to earn more and more money. In such situations thinking globally does not bring any good to such ambitious people. They try to become richer and more famous but forget about the local needs. At this context, this word would denote our nearest and dearest who care about us every day.
Understanding the phrase “think global act local” can be different if looking at it from another side. Our world has become a global village because now it is possible to know and see what is happening in almost all corners of the world. This feature has brought about the feeling of personal importance and meaning on Earth. With the help of modern technologies, it is not difficult to influence global changes. For example, by simply posting a Twit with a philosophical meaning persuading people to do something, you can begin a real wave of sharing the same idea. It is easy to find such posts which invoke people to stop wars or care about our planet. A person can be even not famous, but his or her words can spread all over the world, and persuade millions of people to think about something and act.
Another possible interpretation of the local definition and the phrase “act locally think globally” is that each person should make a difference in this world. A simple example of planting a tree in your village shows how significant this ordinary act of kindness may make our Earth a healthier place to live. There are lots of organizations which care about the planet and persuade people to plant trees at the place where they live. Such actions become more popular, and everyone can participate. These simple local deads unite the whole humanity. By planting one tree, you understand that hundreds of people all around the globe do the same just to make our planet healthy. It is that idea, which can be gained if humans think globally act locally.
There is one phrase which has already become a commonplace for everyone: “World changes should start with you.” Although it sounds simple, this sentence hides a real truth. People have to think about this more. All those world problems that the humanity faces are related to each of us. For example, if there is a greenhouse effect triggered by using lots of cars, each individual has to try taking bikes. Even by persuading only one person to use public transportation instead of private cars, an individual does change this world in a global sense because nobody has denied the rule of the chain reaction. One person can change the whole world, and people should believe in this by beginning from making changes at least at their own house or neighborhood.