Global citizenship – considering oneself as a part of the global village all the while maintaining allegiance and respecting cultural values.
With the technologically advanced networking, faster travel options, and globalized economy, the world has now become a village. Just like a geographically small neighborhood, in the global village, everything we do has rippling consequences. For example, the 2008 economic crisis.
Even with such an advanced civilization, the world is still struggling with primitive aspects like racism, gender-based violence, flesh trade, delayed justice and so on.
It is both surprising and sad that the recent clashes and riots around world were triggered by just four police officers halfway around the world. While people coming together for justice can be good thing, realizing their actions will have global consequences beforehand, could rid of the aforesaid primitive aspects once and for all without the unnecessary disturbances.
Anyone regardless of their gender, nationality, race, and allegiance have human rights. That includes the right to speak anything, marry anyone, live with freedom, have fun and make money without violating the rights of others.
The system we live in might favor one person more than the other, but that does not give us the right to mistreat someone who is below us. The judicial system did empower the police officers over the people, to protect and not to punish. Misunderstanding and misuse of their power paved the way to all this chaos.
Nowhere in the world are the police empowered to physically assault anyone. The Governments need to enforce this.
Likewise, the primitive Indian caste system and the Governmental policy inclusion of that system, might put you above others, but that does not mean you can mistreat someone below your societal status.
If you are a Dalit enjoying quotas, it does not grant you the right to mistreat a high caste person under you. Your forefathers may have been mistreated, but we live in a world where all of that were rendered obsolete. Likewise, if you are a high caste family and someone from your family is in a relationship with a low caste person, shunning that person based on their caste alone is a violation of human rights.
Such values should not be included in our lives as a measure of curbing consequences, but to civilize ourselves as humans. The sooner we realize we are part of a big system and everything we do has consequences, the closer we get to peace and harmony.