viernes, 1 de noviembre de 2013

On the Hastened Overthrowing of Rulers

Protesting against the state reduces society´s capability to fight other woes.

The world in which I grew up was a whole different from what I am seeing today. When I was born, 27 years ago, we children were raised with very clear fears of a few select characters. To name what my mind allows me to remember: Hussein, Gaddafi, Ceaucescu, Mubarak, Castro and a few others who escape my mind at the moment. Through nature´s course, democratic process, popular uprising or military action, these fearsome characters have all been removed from power, after ruling almost as long as my father has been alive (which is saying something).
My question is as to the reasons why it took so long to remove these rulers from their place. When one wonders about the answer, one arrives at the conclusion that it must be a consequence of globalization. 

May I explain.



Globalization has made our planet a lot smaller then it used to be. Likewise, the human mind and its capability to express indignation and act upon it has found itself potentialized by the shortened amounts of time it now takes for information to spread the world over.

Some have said that globalization has been evil and it has subdued our world and led it to the oblivion of inequality. May I ask: Were it not for public scrutiny and syndication of its findings, would we as a species have been able to grant Libyans, Cubans, Egyptians and Serbs their right to manifest themselves and live their own lives? If not for the tireless labor of journalists, activists, diplomats and soldiers, how could this eye-opening movement take place?

Pondering upon this subject, one must acknowledge that the activity of all these people is subject to and based upon the institutions the system maintains. Fighting against that system, with its flaws and its shortcomings, is denying the hard labor they have so far accomplished and hindering the long labor they still have ahead.

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