Street Globalization

Street GlobalizationTwo days ago as I was rushing to leave work and go pick my younger daughter from school while her older sister was sick at home, the key for my bicycle’s u-lock got stuck and broke, jamming the lock. Today — finally back at the office — I had to hire an Israeli locksmith to cut the jammed u-lock made by an American company probably somewhere in China, using a Mexican-made saw engineered by a German company in order to liberate my Taiwan-made, US-designed bicycle, while sipping Italian-inspired cappuccino prepared by a Honduran barista in a Korean cafe… In case you were wondering, I am a Bulgarian-made, Soviet-educated engineer, who studied computer science in the USA’s north and International Business in its south.

Street GlobalizationIn short, 165 years ago — Baha’u’llah, not surprisingly — had it right:

The day is approaching when all the peoples of the world will have adopted one universal language and one common script. When this is achieved, to whatsoever city a man may journey, it shall be as if he were entering his own home. These things are obligatory and absolutely essential. It is incumbent upon every man of insight and understanding to strive to translate that which hath been written into reality and action…. That one indeed is a man who, today, dedicateth himself to the service of the entire human race. The Great Being saith: Blessed and happy is he that ariseth to promote the best interests of the peoples and kindreds of the earth. In another passage He hath proclaimed: It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.
~ Baha’u’llah


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