The last few months have been quite interesting as I am regularly meeting new people who have an unusual connection to people I already have as friends, colleagues or family members. Every time that happens I’m like “My goodness! It’s a small world”. I’m sure you must have experienced that at some point in your life when “people you know, know the people you know?”
Moments like that gets you cracking your head about how you had related with them in the past. You start asking yourself questions like “Hope I made a good impression”, “Was I nice or mean”? Or “Oh! I hope I didn’t sound impolite or disrespectful?”
Strange isn’t it? Great! when after all said and done, it produces a beautiful union right? Yes…
Almost everybody uses the term Global Village. It is readily used today especially by writers, broadcasters, politicians and public relation guys, to emphasize the shrinking distances between nations through internet, mobile phones and the fact that news is traveling with the speed of light around the globe. Modern means of communication painlessly makes it easy to build relationships with people several miles away with little or no effort on our path.
Marshall McLuhan was the first person to popularize the concept of a global village and to consider its social effects. His insights were revolutionary at the time, and fundamentally changed how everyone has thought about media, technology, and communications ever since. McLuhan chose the insightful phrase “global village” to highlight his observation that an electronic nervous system (the media) was rapidly integrating the planet — events in one part of the world could be experienced from other parts in real-time, which is what human experience was like when we lived in small villages.
Since it seems every tribe, race and people are connected to each other by default; our concept of family living has often been challenged to extend beyond biological and geographical underpinnings.
When you watch the “behind the scenes” extract of any, musical, theatrical, movie or seasonal production, one particular statement on the lips of most cast members and production crew is the very fact that the project “brought them together as family”. It also happens in a healthy work environment where be it an American, Chinese, African, British of varying cultural backgrounds unite to form a close-knit understanding of who they are. Small to large groups bond together harmoniously, having experienced a shared degree of pain and joy, weakness and strength.
That’s what the word family connotes “Acceptance”. It stimulates Peace, sharing, love, trust, selflessness etc. Members learn to endure and tolerate other people regardless of who they are.
As today marks another Global family day, we are encouraged to walk into the year with a renewed understanding of the kind of community we live in; a global community. As our generation cannot be likened to members of past generations, our ability to express goodness should not be limited only to those we think we know.
No man is an island. Reach out to people in kindness and you’ll be amazed at how bountiful your harvest of peace will change the world.
Happy Global Family Day!