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A One-World Culture: The Ingredients of a One-World Vision

Malhotra Ashok.


Though globalization aims at the creation of a borderless world, it has been the focal theme of heated debate and misunderstandings. The stalwarts assert that its time has come and whether we like or not, it is going to happen. If you do not join in the debate you will be left out as a bystander. On the other hand, if you become a participant rather than a spectator, you must join in the electrifying debate, which is both exhilarating and challenging. Opinions about globalization have been mixed. Some call it inexorable, inevitable and a blessing for the human race while others are repulsed by the very thought of it because it is a reminder of the colonial past of the human race where the powerful nations restrained the less powerful countries and lived lavishly at the expense and exploitation of the subdued. The big industrial giants, who want to tie up the entire world, present globalization to the general public in economic terms only. While the members of the World Trade Organization are trying to negotiate the best trade terms for themselves, the impact of globalization goes beyond business, trade and finance. In fact it will affect practically every aspect of our lives. Some of these effects may be positive, while others may be negative. (EWC/EWCA 2002 Conference Theme). As a philosopher my interest lies in portraying globalization as an all-encompassing concept of moving towards the creation of a one-world culture/civilization where the world economy will have a crucial place but will be only one among many other significant factors.

Presenters

Malhotra Ashok  (United States)
SUNY Distinguished Professor
Philosophy Department
State University of New York College

Dr Ashok Kumar Malhotra is SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor at the State University of New York at Oneonta, New York. He is the winner of Chancellor's Award for Excellence in teaching, United University Professions Excellence Award, East West Center Distinguished Alumnus Award, Bharat Excellence Award, and Jewel of India Gold Medal Award. Some of his major published works include: An Introduction to Yoga Philosophy, Transcreation of the Bhagavad Gita, Instant Nirvana, Pathways to Philosophy, Jean-Paul Sartre's Existentialism, Culture and Self, etc. He was a consultant for the Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, TV Series by Warner Brothers. He established the NInash Foundation, a charitable organization that helps build Elementary Schools for impoverished children of India. He has been a guest on ABC World News Now, NBC News, Jain TV, Zee TV, Australian Radio, National Public Radio, and All India Radio. He is a published poet and a painter.

Keywords
  • One-World Culture
  • One-World Philosophy
  • Universal Spirituality
  • Universal Education
  • One-World Government
  • Globalization



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