Identity in Globalised World: How to Promote a Harmonised Society

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It seems that the extensive growth of information technology has made the world more connected than ever. It brings the world much closer since its role as the main facilitator and driving force of globalisation, which primarily regarded as being about the interdependence of societies on a world scale, existing links and those that can be developed globally between individuals, communities, nations and organisations (Harvey, 2003). Globalisation has strong impact on economics and social matters. It gives bigger opportunity for international trades and investments. But along with the upsides, it is suggested that globalisation can also endanger the harmonised society. But I believe, diversity can bring no harm if we, especially youth, actively spread values such as peace, empathy, active listening, and non-violence communication to support and sustain living in harmonised society.

Identity can be defined as the distinctive and collective characteristics and aspects belonging to any individual or shared by members of a group, by which they will be recognised. But in globalisation, there’s such thing as global identity which Javanmardi (2013) stated that it does not necessarily distinguish a human being with different levels such as attributes, namely; gender, racial, national, cultural, ethnical, class, profession and etc, however it contains all of them. This implies that at a global level, an individual does not distinct identity among these mentioned attributes. According to Suarez-Orozco (2003), increasing globalisation has stimulated an unprecedented flow of immigrants. According to UN statistics in 2015, the number of global immigrations increases year by year. As comparison, in 2005 the number of immigrants in United State is around 39 millions people, in 2015 it becomes around 46 millions. The USA has the highest total number of immigrants, being home to 19 per cent of the world’s immigrants. It strongly assumed that the high number of immigrants has correlation with economic motives that stimulated by globalisation. With the high rate of immigration flow, it also encourages the emerging and broader range of cultural, religious, linguistic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds in society.

If the diversity is dealt with lack of social values such as empathy, peace, and tolerance, it’s likely can instead lead into some misunderstandings, violent clashes, or even radicalisations that can lead into terrorism. It’s reported that some 750 million people face socio-economic discrimination or disadvantage because of their cultural identity (UNFPA Report, 2008) and also shows that global economic impact of violence is USD 9.8 trillion or 11.3% of global GDP (Global Peace Index, 2014). The damage doesn’t stop there, terrorism which is driven by lack of respect for human rights and tolerance often used as a threat of violence to further a political cause, has made it even worse. From the data of Global Terrorism Index in 2015, terrorist activity increased by 80% in 2014 to its highest recorded level. Ninety-three countries experienced a terrorist incident in 2014, targeting private citizens more on their attacks and causing the economic cost to its highest ever level in 2014 at US$52.9 billion. This is a 61% increase from the previous year and a ten-fold increase since 2000. So it appears that globalisation brings a great destruction of cultural identity and harmonised society.

But is it reasonable to attribute the globalisation with destruction? Is it utopia for us to have a harmonised society in diversity? The problem with this view lies on how we cope with diversity. It should be appreciated and celebrated instead of making it as a bullet to harm others. We especially youth should actively involve to promote peace and respectful non-violence environment and communication to value diversity in order to achieve a harmonised society. Why youth? Global youth population swells to record 1.8 billion with 89% reside in less developed countries (Time, 2014). In Indonesia there’s 25.8% population of youth. Looking at the statistics, young people clearly are the biggest stake holders of the future, making us as very prospective agents of change. There are certainly many things that we can do. I believe the fundamental of valuing diversity started from ourselves. First, we have to understand our own identities, cultures, and how we want to be treated. We have to implement empathy, active listening, and non-violence communication as our value-based mindsets and behaviours in our daily bases. Then, we should make them as contagious as possible. The keys of promoting radicalisation are media and propaganda. So why not spreading empowering information as massive as they do. Use social media wisely to broadcast peace message Stay informed with what’s going on with the world through internet, TV, and newspapers and try to contribute as much as possible. Be a mentor for younger people in empowerment program at school or local community. Don’t discriminate, make a group study or group discussion unexceptionally. Propose to engage partnership with external actor who can deliver the values in after school activity. Actively involved in community based activity such as sports, art, music, and theatre. Be in a volunteering program to create social connection, develop sense of belonging, and don’t forget to share the experience. Last but not least use political right to vote for candidate who support harmonised society.

If young people actively promote peace and spread values such as empathy, active listening, and non-violence communication in many ways, the diversity as consequence of globalisation certainly won’t be a threat anymore. We could eliminate all the “dark sides” of globalisation such as violence, discrimination, and terrorism led by radicalism. The main root cause is the lack of respect for human rights and tolerance. By nourishing the values in ourselves, breaking the silence, and starting to act something for the sake of humanity, I believe, we can achieve a global harmonised society with the ability to bridge, respect, and celebrate all the differences as they should be, as Scott Adams said, there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.

Changing The World

My father picked me up from school one day and we played hookey and went to the beach. It was too cold to go in the water so we sat on a blanket and ate pizza. When I got home my sneakers were full of sand and I dumped it on my bedroom floor. I didn’t know the difference, I was six. My mother screamed at me for the mess but he wasn’t mad. He said that billions of years ago the world’s shifting and ocean moving brought that sand to that spot on the beach and then I took it away. Every day he said we change the world. Which is a nice thought until I think about how many days and lifetimes I would need to bring a shoe full of sand home until there is no beach. Until it made a difference to anyone. Every day we change the world. But to change the world in a way that means anything, that takes more time than most people have. it never happens all at once. It’s slow. It’s methodical. It’s exhausting. We don’t all have the stomach for it.

-Elliot Alderson.

Don’t Follow Your Dreams

Everyone has dreams. They do not make you special. One thing that can make you special is to listen to the dreams of others as well. You want to be rich? That’s not an uncommon dream, nor is it a very ambitious one. Do you want to enrich others? Now that is a dream worth listening to

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Allure in Irony

Somehow I have a fondness for melancholic movie score where there’s just a piano or cello playing in minor melody for a scene when everything goes horribly wrong and come to climax; an explosion, or somebody got shot, or everything collapse. It’s just that peculiar feeling when you’re sensing sadness and beauty at the same time. That very moment when it feels like being urged to give up on the future but it also gives a brief opportunity to cherish the past. It’s odd but I presume that there is a serenity in commotion. There is allure in irony.

A Message

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Just saw a good movie today. A combination of future and loneliness, not a surprise, typical movie that I love. There’s a touching scene when the main character think he’s about to die. Well, If I were dying or about to die too, I’d exactly want to tell the same message as Mark Whatney would tell in “The Martian”.

Please tell them…
Tell them I love what I do…
And I’m really good at it.
And that I’m dying…
For something big…
And beautiful…
And greater than me.
Tell them…
I said I can live with that.
And tell them…
Thank you for being my mom and dad.

Hello Again!

Been half a year! Can’t you believe? A lot of things have happened in quite short period. I’ll try to write them out later, though in random sequence I reckon. Actually, planned to write it out routinely but unexpectedly it’s pretty bustling back then. Well, see you in a bit then! Happy to get in touch again!

  
Touch down Tuapejat, Sipora Island, Mentawai, Indonesia.

Hope everything going smooth from now on.

New Journey

New journey will be started soon, I hope I and all the people that I love so much are gonna be just fine. I’ll be back next February (according to plan). Nobody now what the future looks like, hope everything turns alright. Take care, I’ll update if there were a chance.

No worries.

Til we meet again.

Quotes

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

– Steve Jobs.

Sisi Lain dari Informasi

Kini kita hidup di era informasi. Begitu cepat, begitu banyak, dan begitu volatile.

Waktu kuliah saya sempat membayangkan bagaimana mahasiswa-mahasiswa jaman pra internet mengerjakan tugasnya pasti lebih melelahkan untuk mencari sekedar referensi pun. Sekarang saya mulai berpikir, mungkin hidup di zaman itu tidaklah begitu buruk. Kini kita hidup dimana informasi datang tanpa kita minta. Dalam hitungan menit kita bisa melihat begitu banyak informasi di sosial media. Kita merasa dilibatkan dalam banyak irisan hidup orang-orang namun sebenarnya semu. Saya pikir istilah “sosial” dalam sosial media perlu kita renungkan kembali, karena kebanyakan tak ada sedikitpun faktor sosial atau berbagi dalam sosial media. Adakah faktor sosial terbersit ketika seseorang mengunggah makanan sewaktu ia makan siang tadi atau pakaian yang dikenakan hari ini atau jam berapa ia tidur dan bangun? Bila sosial media benar adanya untuk kepentingan sosial bukankah kita harusnya mengunggah foto buku-buku bekas yang kita ingin berikan misalnya atau hal-hal yang bermanfaat untuk orang ketahui. Tidak kah selama ini kita mengunggah sesuatu karena tanpa sadar kita adalah individu kesepian yang sekedar mencari perhatian atau pembuktian.

Saya sempat membaca artikel bagaimana rating dari sebuah restoran kian menurun dari tahun ke tahun. Pihak restoran yakin bahwa kualitas dari makanan dan pelayanan selalu terjaga. Usut punya usut, perilaku pelanggan sendiri lah yang menjadi biang keladi. Dengan kehadiran sosial media, setelah makanan dihidangkan di meja, para pelanggan tidak langsung menyantapnya selagi hangat tetapi mengambil foto dahulu yang terkadang memakan waktu hingga makanan dingin. Tak jarang, pelanggan meminta makanannya dihangatkan kembali. Selain itu, kebiasaan foto bersama pun kadang menghambat ruang gerak para pelayan.

Ada perbedaan besar antara sebuah ideologi dan keadaan aktual, antara sebuah Pancasila dan Segitiga Maslow. Dimana poin utama dari gagasan ideal yang dibuat manusia adalah nilai-nilai ketuhanan sedangkan apa yang sebenarnya manusia inginkan hanyalah aktualisasi diri. Era informasi ini sungguhlah memberi ruang gerak yang tak terbatas untuk pengejawantahan diri. Dimana kita bisa memilih identitas yang kita inginkan, berekspresi, dan berlindung di belakang profil tanpa wajah atau menjadi diri kita dengan tidak menjadi diri kita. Dimana sebuah kebersamaan dan momen indah tergantung dari cerkasnya lensa kamera atau sekedar untaian kata-kata indah pada kolom deskripsi. Hal inilah yang membuat referensi hidup kian banyak, dimana informasi-informasi sekitar tanpa kita sadari kita jadikan sebuah tolak ukur sosial tanpa kita tahu benar versi penuh dari tiap-tiap bagiannya.

Pada akhirnya, pilihan jatuh pada individu itu sendiri, apa yang ingin dibagi pada dunia dan apa yang ingin diterima dari dunia (via sosial media). Kita tak bisa membatasi aktualisasi diri seseorang, tapi untungnya kita masih bisa memilah dan memilih apa yang ingin kita ketahui benar di era informasi ini.