Locals and global action

People are local, what they do is local, the consequences of the action is mostly local. People mostly like to decide for themselves.

Now global thinking is becoming pervasive in the wrong way: Locals are being told what to do by outsiders – they tell you because they know, they say. The outsiders come from many places, but they are not in your place or representing you. They seldom tell you about the rightness of what they say, often the truth is hidden or in doubt. Politicians are also becoming global, finding global rightness that does not fit with the locals. There is risk of a divide.

This will not work. The only way to achieve a common global solution is to make people understand, see what is right and do what is acceptable also locally. Maybe the global solution is impossible to enforce in some localities?

What makes it troublesome is that what is right is no longer agreed upon. There is a obvious forcing of the truth that creates negative reactions and uncertainty. We find people that without debate know what others must do. They will not engage in dialogue about the content and empiricality of what they say.

Climate action, sustainability, war on terrorism, finance are examples – they all must clear the hurdle of local acceptance before global solutions can be pondered.

So why push so hard – it is better to find what is right, enlighten people, keep it transparent, communicate, build acceptance – then maybe some global action is possible.

Have there ever been any global solutions? Will there ever be? Is it really desirable to have global solutions? Or is it just a smokescreen set up to avoid doing anything locally?

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