I was the recent recipient of one of those warm and fuzzy emails you’re supposed to pass along to others to make their day, make them smile and create general good feelings all around. This one, called Global Village, was precociously packaged in a PowerPoint presentation, complete with music and images designed to bring tears to my eyes, I suppose.
I opened it already knowing its contents since it’s been making the rounds for years now. Still, I thought a refresher course on the concept wouldn’t kill me. It didn’t, but it did bring me to the brink of insanity with its insipid, emotional conclusion that I suppose passes for deep thought these days.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Global Village email (and I’m sure it has had other titles as it morphed over the years), the basic concept is: Put 100 people in a village, each representing the world’s general people group categories.
For instance, in this village there are 57 Asians, 21 Europeans, 14 Americans and 8 Africans. Of these, 80 live in poverty, 70 are illiterate and 50 have to deal with hunger and malnutrition. I didn’t fact-check all the stats, but became quickly skeptical of the whole concept with the claim that 89 of the villagers would be heterosexual and 11 would be homosexual. I’m guessing that this number is based on the Kinsey Institute’s claim made in 1948 that 10 percent of the population is gay.
Of course 55 percent of those surveyed by Kinsey were either prisoners, sex offenders or male prostitutes. Needless to say, Kinsey’s findings have since been debunked. The actual number lies somewhere between 2 and 5 percent. Though this one statistic is not relevant to the point of the piece, it illustrates how shallow it really is. Could they at least Google their statistics before they put them into a PowerPoint and send them all over the Internet? Whoever “they” are could use a basic lesson in reportage.
Anyway, there appeared to be two main themes to this multi-media PowerPoint extravaganza. The first shows up about halfway through: “If we look at the world in this way, the need for acceptance and understanding would be obvious.” No, I thought, the need for the world to adopt American values becomes obvious. Why does 80 percent of the world live in poverty? Why is 70 percent of the world illiterate? If these statistics are anywhere near accurate, the answer should be obvious, and it has nothing to do with race or ethnicity.
Check any freedom index – be it economic, religious or that of the press – and you’ll find a direct correlation between freedom, or lack of it, and wealth and poverty. From this correlation stems all of the good things associated with wealth and all the bad things associated with poverty.
The founding principal of the United States is “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” This declaration about the role of the State in the individual’s life is unique in human history.
In most nations, the philosophy is that people are endowed by the State with whatever the State deems is best for them, even if it really isn’t. Thus, in most nations, individual freedoms are trampled upon for the good of the State, meaning the good of those in power, in the name of the “people” (People’s Republic of China, etc., etc.).
The German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Hegel wrote that the State “has the supreme right against the individual, whose supreme duty it is to be a member of the State… for the right of the world spirit is above all special privileges.” It took the total destruction of Germany to wipe out this poisonous idea in Europe, yet it is a general concept that holds sway in much of the world, standing in direct opposition to the values set forth in America’s founding.
Meanwhile, useful idiots like Sean Penn, Danny Glover, Oliver Stone and Michael Moore celebrate the supremacy of the State in places like Cuba and Venezuela. Hegel’s philosophy is making its way back into Western thought through the guise of “helping” people with more and more state-run programs designed to force “equality” or to ensure “rights” like health care for all. What it does in reality is consolidate more power in a centralized bureaucracy, in turn taking freedom from the individual one step at a time.
The point is there’s a reason why Americans are so much better off than most of the rest of the world, and it has to do with individual liberty based on freedom from an all-powerful State that regulates, as Alexander Hamilton put it, “every species of personal and private concerns.”
Besides urging me to be more accepting and understanding of others, what does the Global Village presentation teach me? It certainly doesn’t teach me anything practical, such as advocating for more freedom and liberty to make life better for my fellow Global Villageians.
The final theme of the Global Village presentation is summed up at the end: “Work like you don’t need the money. Love like nobody has hurt you. Dance like no one is watching,” and so on and so forth. Basically, have some sympathy for people around the world living lives of quiet and not-so-quiet desperation, but enjoy the high life, you shallow SOBs!
By the way, in this proverbial Global Village, chances are that the village would soon devolve into Lord of the Flies as those who believe in liberty and freedom would be quickly overwhelmed by those with no concept of self-government. Instead of 80 living in poverty, 99 would live in poverty. The Dear Leader, of course, would control all the wealth.