We wanted a borderless world; anyway, it is too late after the horses have bolted or rather the wolves are already inside our gates! It is becoming an all-out war for the spoils and some upstarts are threatening the entrenched, who had a head-start. But the hungrier wins; though they may not strictly play by the rules, and with some crying foul, louder by the day! It is no more a gentleman’s game as the stakes are getting higher & the gloves are off!
Life was simple with nothing much around but familiar faces; though struggling for a living, most enjoyed simple pleasures; eat & sleep! Now, with the proliferation of products, mostly luxuries, all are in the game of wanting the latest in everything; some gadgets are released across the world; if not, they are more sought-after, in countries that cannot just wait to get them sooner! No point in preventing these onslaughts, as they will find their way in, by hook or crook; a truly borderless, if not a porous world, indeed! Those left out, like North Korea & Cuba are feeling the heat and it is only matter of time, they also caved-in to join the bandwagon of – progress? The jury is still out!
Those ahead can hear the wild dogs & hyenas snapping at their heels! The cheapest will somehow find its way everywhere – who wants to pay more, especially if that means they cannot afford them? National boundaries are coming undone! China has become the world factory for mass-produced goods – they import, process, package, and ship the finished goods cheaper than even when made at the home countries of raw materials! Australia & Brazil, to name a few, are beneficiaries or enslaved by this twist to international trade! Naturally, much heat is generated as the richer countries lose out increasingly, as manufacturing & even services, hollow-out to cheaper sources.
Going back to “the good old days” will prove a bitter pill to swallow for those countries which even forced others to open their doors to international trade. As the advantages are chipped away, and technology no more the preserve of chosen few, the trend will become more pronounced; tensions are bound to rise and accusations will fly back & forth, no end! It is another type of war, with some friendly fire even, but that can still kill! China, India and others are the beneficiaries of free trade in goods & services, but feel targeted now at their success in running away with more than they can chew; with China accumulating reserves of over dollars two and half trillion! They cannot find a better safe-haven than America to invest them, a tight bear-hug indeed, between strange bed-fellows!
Whether we like it or not, it is becoming a borderless world. Even some Americans are moving to China, as 21st century is supposed to belong to them! Gone, unfortunately, are the easier days with the march of technology, blurring national boundaries & the whole world is the oyster for all to enjoy what it offers. Nostalgia cannot bring some back good old days; the only way is for all countries to adapt, make policy changes to benefit from the new reality, treat others like they would like to be treated. The political systems are also blurred – come on, how communist countries can produce billionaires by the dozen!
National interests are subservient to world interests, increasingly. We are getting entwined more & more; we just cannot afford to live independently of each other. What divided & kept us apart, like cast-in-stone ideology, distances, technology, do not matter anymore! It is truly a borderless world, the problems facing us are common; we need unity more than at any time in our history; the leaders have to get along; beggaring others will make us all suffer, an eye-for-eye makes the whole world go blind! New realities are no longer business as usual! It has always been the survival of the fittest, and no one owes us a living! A fair deal, in a harsh world! Evolution teaches only those survive who can adapt, it applies to countries as well!