Monday, January 25, 2010

KOF Index of Globalization

I recently received an email from the KOF institute based in Switserland about their globalization index, you can visit their website here, KOF Index of Globalization.

It is a fairly useful index on globalization and globalization trends. If you go to their website you will see that their overall index, the KOF index on globalization is made of three minor indexes, political, economic, and social index on globalization.

For progression globalization is a must for humanity, but on a personal note I still believe it can be done without people losing their group cultures and eights to be as individuals.

I believe what KOF is doing is a very worthwhile endeavor, such an index can show where societies are doing well to help the inevitable progress of globalization, and where societies are failing. Therefore countries at the bottom of the index like
Turkmenistan, Sierra Leone, Bangladesh, and the Central African Republic can look at the index and use it as a guide on how to improve their global integration process. And those countries at the top of the index like Belgium, Canada and Portugal believe it or not, can see ways of expanding their globalization efforts.

A great index, there is one problem, one fundamental flaw, and that is the social index. It ranks countries like Canada and Sweden at the very top, it is misleading. Having immigrants and being polite means something but not enough. The question is does one admit that this person with a different social background, from a different race, a different culture, does Canada and Sweden, indeed the top ranked country Belgium, does it accept that the 2 + 2 = 4 is the same as the 2 + 2 = 4 from somebody who was taught in either Belgium, Sweden, or Canada. I doubt it, if their minds and thinking capability are questioned in reality, though in propaganda their thinking is supposedly "accepted" then one can not talk of social globalization, it would be highly misleading, I would go as far as calling it a lie, call a spade a spade.

Think about it, if you refuse that 2 + 2 = 4 from somebody trained in Asia, Middle East, or Africa is not as good as 2 + 2 = 4 from somebody trained in Switzerland or Canada you can not ever say there is social acceptance, how, their minds by practice are inferior.

I honestly feel honored by KOF foundation sending me their index, but I'm sure they will not be hurt by some constructive criticism of one part of their work. I totally agree with their political and economic indexes but not the social index, the social index must include acceptance of knowledge if it is correct no after where it is from. You can not tell me a doctor from Poland, Romania, Kenya, or Iran is equal to a carpenter in terms of mind power or mind training in Canada, Belgium, USA or Sweden when they are all using the same textbooks at their respective universities.

I say mind training because I am sure all minds are basically the same, a carpenter in Sweden could have been a doctor if they wanted to but in their youth they had other desires.

Knowledge is the key to a more meaningful globalization process, at the least the acceptance of knowledge.

Bhekuzulu Khumalo

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