People everywhere want to survive & progress, some set no limits! What drives them to go the extra mile while those born with a silver spoon generally stagnate & stretch their legs? With mostly open borders across the world, for those driven to succeed against all odds, nothing can hold-back the sheer drive to reach their zeniths; thereby setting newer bench-marks for the rest.
China has become the world factory with some countries like Australia supplying them with the natural resources. These types of newer realities change the landscape; but not always positive! The developments can become lopsided with high dependency on few to meet the essentials in many countries, not unlike the oil monopoly of OPEC countries. But no one seems to complain with the ultimate consumer benefiting by cheaper goods & services, at least in the near term. In the long run, many industries in importing countries can be decimated, with resultant loss of skills.
The unleashing of the energy with a single-minded focus to get ahead in life has been accentuated by the opening of borders. Technology has helped in a big way to transport information at the click of few buttons that has resulted in loss of service industry jobs also. There is no job guarantees anymore with wholesale shifting of industries from countries that cannot match-up with the rising tide of globalization.
Knowledge is no more the preserve of the few with instant communications & even prestigious universities getting into the bandwagon. Renowned teachers fly across to spread knowledge; nothing is sacred anymore! It is a global village, literally! There is no going back to closed doors!
Can we extend this concept much more? What will be the effect on lives of those who are dragged up to stratosphere of consumption levels to match with the developed countries? The world has to go on overdrive to find the resources! Disasters, like the ongoing Gulf of Mexico oil spill, can become routine! When people, who are comfortable with simple lives & tastes, are force-fed consumerism, there can be no holding back! Their culture & way of life change within a generation.
It will require all the ingenuity of science to find solutions for sustainable living. It is estimated that a fraction of sunlight form the Sahara region would be enough to feed the entire power needs of Europe! No more fouling-up the atmosphere with petroleum! These and others would become the sun-rise industries & also take the pressures off few countries to produce the world energy resources! It can lead to redistribution of wealth, as the sun is partial to poorer countries!
The possibilities are endless if the hungers of those, who snap at the heels of the richer countries, are tapped for the benefit of mankind! Progress cannot be reined-in, so let us take a wholesome approach at global levels in pursuit of ultimate nirvana!