Global Patriotism: The Need of the Hour
By Barbara Briggs
There is an urgent need in the world to expand our vision beyond the narrow boundaries of nationalism so that our individual interests encompass the interests of the whole world. It is time for us to recognize that the world is one interconnected global family. The latest scientific experiments in the field of quantum field theory confirm that the universe is one vast interconnected web of pulsating energy which is constantly being influenced by every thought, word and action of everyone on this planet. Our thoughts and feelings are continually sending out ripples into the infinitely dynamic vibratory ocean of existence. These individual ripples oscillate in the scintillating fabric of life and interact on a subtle level with the life of all beings on the planet. We cannot gauge the influence we are having or the far-reaching effects of our actions. Therefore, it is imperative for us to move in an evolutionary direction which serves the interests of all life everywhere.
In the past, each country could be satisfied with attending to its own needs, setting its own priorities, and solving its own internal problems. But now the interface between each nation and the global community of nations is rapidly diminishing. A problem in our nation is a problem in the world family. The repercussions spread across the globe, influencing the holistic functioning of the earth as a whole. The methods we use to address our national issues effect the whole world. For example, the issue of global warming. Every nation has to play its part to safeguard the health of the planet. Similarly, a virus in Africa can easily spread to Europe simply through the open network of inter-continental flights. Moreover, we have only to look at how the threat of terrorism has affected the world to know that our response to it must be a global one.
The only solution is to work together toward a harmonious, peaceful world in which every nation transmits a nourishing influence to every other nation. We have to grow together and prosper together by helping each other in an atmosphere of mutual trust and benevolence. We can learn to integrate those elements from other cultures which elevate and enhance the strength and intelligence of our nation, and eliminating those influences which can be potentially harmful. We must learn to look beneath the surface differences between cultures, religions and nationalities to find the common thread of our humanity.
The perception of the interconnectedness of all human beings weaves life into a multi-colored pattern of integrated wholeness. This is the vision so vital in today’s world. Segregation, isolationism, the psychology of “me and mine” is outdated today; it must be replaced by the awareness of “our planet, our world, our shared interests, our global family”. Only then can we safeguard the future and ensure that our children can enjoy an affluent world rich in harmony, happiness, health and fulfillment.