The effects of globalization are that it is reducing distances and minimizing times, and creating a feeling that we are now living in a ‘global village’. It is a very significant issue to discuss because it affects every person and nation. It is breaking down various barriers and making things possible that were not possible before such as knowing about what is happening in another part of the world and communicating with others across the globe. This is enabling greater interaction to take place on a global level whether it is for business, social or other purposes. However, it also means that certain political, economic and cultural entities are wielding their influence around the world to the detriment of the less powerful. This is posing problems such as various social inequalities and global divides.
Globalization is being facilitated by the Internet and other information and communication networks, operations of international organizations and multinational corporations, international trade, migration etc. It is an inevitable process because technology especially has to advance for society to progress. What is needed therefore is a plan of action that could help to guide this process so that desirable conditions are created in which the world can positively benefit from globalization. One area of focus could be education in which we teach people to have a greater understanding of other nations, cultures, languages, societies, religions, etc. Our education systems need to help create “global citizens that have a keen awareness of the political, economic, social, and environmental concerns of out time” (globalization101.org, 2010).
If it were possible to seek help from the Buddha, he could guide mankind towards a harmonious age in which people are considerate and understanding of each other. After all, his teachings are focused on eradicating suffering and promoting unity. Globalization allows us to transcend barriers to