Dr. Asangba Tzudir

Globalization, despite closer networking on the one hand, comes with its own version of moral dilemmas and where the individual is exalted over the community. As such, although globalization has the necessary scale to connect and extend the community to other communities, it has posed many threats to the community by creating conflicts with the type of intimate and neighborhood relationships people have. with each other and with the earth. It has become the mantra of modernity.

Traditional society was such that the pursuit of any activity aimed at the highest good of the community, and therefore the context of the highest good and community well-being, provided the impetus for each individual to have a sense of feeling community, and a strong bond without any selfishness. It was the framework in which life and life progressed as communal concerns and the common good was always above all individualism.

The way globalization plays its part in creating moral dilemmas somehow threatens the sense of community and responsibility and it is dangerous because it exalts the interest of the particular individual or group above of community even as materiality is exalted above moral values. The pull of globalization is such that to destabilize the pull, the very meaning and essence of community must be rekindled. It should start by bringing the concept of community closer to the heart.

Bringing the “community” closer to the heart means situating the community in the neighborhood of the people living together as well as the place of the neighborhood. Thus, each small “community neighborhood” should network to create links with the other neighborhood and create a dependency neighborhood of communities and thus create, link and connect to form the larger community.

The neighborhood community should be built around the notion of virtues such as selflessness, cooperation and responsibility, which are essential to being neighbors. If it is simply another population in the neighborhood simply occupying space and time or a geographic region, then the community’s neighborhood will not evolve or connect with the other communities in the neighborhood.

Moreover, the neighborhood of community is not simply about existing by virtue of being in the neighborhood, but by participating in the very act of neighborhood itself. Moreover, to the virtues of altruism, cooperation and responsibility is added the golden virtue of the dignity of work, which must become a uniform for life. The dignity of labor should not be seen primarily as a kind of menial work beyond white collar jobs. Earning dignity is about improving yourself, not necessarily to earn a living, but to evolve as a human being who knows how to do things and, in doing so, evolve and become a better human being. These are traits that energize the very act of what can be considered neighborhood participation itself.

Today’s globalized world prioritizes utility over responsibility with the empty promise of achieving personal happiness through material means, thereby denying human dignity and moral responsibilities. The capitalist framework is about production and consumption, not the growth or even the preservation of the community. Thus, it is indeed difficult for people living in a neighborhood of the community to survive in the era of globalization. But globalization is going nowhere, and a serious concern is that communities are resisting the disintegrating forces of globalization.

Having seen the problems that threaten community today that have arisen from the detachment of human “being” as responsible agents living in a community, there is a need to regroup the sense of community by unlearning and relearning the moral values ​​and the dignity of work. There is a kind of natural sweetness in the neighborhood of communities that come together for the good of the larger community.

(Dr. Asangba Tzudir contributes a weekly editorial to The Morung Express. Comments can be emailed to [email protected])

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