National citizenship is an accident of birth; it is different from global citizenship. It is a voluntary association with a notion which means ways of thinking and living within multiple cross-cutting communities—cities, regions, states, nations, and international collectives…” (Schattle 2007, 9).
Via different formative life experiences, people come to identify themselves as global citizens and have diverse perceptions of what it means to them. For several, the practice of global citizenship is mostly practiced at home, by involvement in global problems or with various cultures in a local environment.
Global citizenship is a mentality, it’s more than a title. Would you want to be linked in the new digital world? The international community is getting closer and closer, yet it’s easy to hide in a bubble if one chooses not to act. Ask yourself which communities do I belong to?
In essence, a global citizen is someone who considers themselves a member of the global community. They think that society, which goes beyond cultural and geographical differences, should have a common apolitical identity. The best – and probably only – way to genuinely empathize with people who are superficially very different from you, but ultimately share the same objectives is to think of oneself as a part of the whole world and its population: affection, comfort, gratification, friendship, empathy, learning, and the feeling that one’s life matters and so does everyone else’s.
We are more linked to people halfway around the globe because of globalization. We may be learning more about their country, doing business with them, or seeing them on the television. Even the slightest exposure will make us feel more linked to them and empathetic. Globalization has made people empathize more with those hungry children in the African region, so Westerners now want to stop a force that is believed to cause malnutrition for those children. If we didn’t feel linked to them, they would be completely insignificant to us in a concentric circle. Today, the concentric circles are being mushed together more and more.
The notion that we, as citizens of the world, must aspire to cultivate the capacity to understand, embrace and communicate with people from all backgrounds, regardless of ethnicity, nationality, language, religion, skin color, sex, etc., has a lot to do with global empathy.
Global Citizens- Sharing Sufferings:
Empathy knows no distances and, when we communicate with another human, is always ‘active’. It’s an ongoing activity, operating at all times. It does not matter for people who are empathic above “normal levels,” whether the other person shows signs of how they feel. An empath will always know that that person is suffering.
People who are empathic at a global level feel things at a much stronger level. There is a collective consciousness that influences us to some degree, and the very consciousness of the planet itself is also present. The World as a whole is also a living being and is also shaped by this global consciousness.
Globalization has led individuals across boundaries to feel the suffering of others. They are now fighting for their human rights, and with technology playing a role in globalization, everyone has a sense of global citizenship as they communicate with each other through devices and at the human level. Empathy has become easier to travel through all nations and to encourage people to share their pain.
For humanity, globalization has proven to be a blessing. People may belong to various backgrounds, ethnic groups, cultures, religions, but they have a sense of belonging. For others, it may be a curse, but love outside boundaries is nothing less than a blessing.
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