Globalization Kills Uniqueness

in Threespeak2 months ago (edited)

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I have a traumatic experience today... If I say that I hate shopping malls and "traditional" shopping in general, I suppose that I speak in the name of 95% of men... lol... Maybe it's a bit more, but you can never know with these millennials... They are unpredictable as a price of Bitcoin in September... :)

So, back to the topic... I'm not sure how these shopping malls look at your place, but here in Spain, every single one is the same... When you to another city/town, you will find one exactly the same as the one where you are going usually... Same stores, same brands, same prices, same smell, same parking lots...

I have no idea how they "sold us" the idea of globalization and how it will be great for us, but here we are... Enjoying the fruits in our wishes... You can go almost on any spot in the world and eat plastic McDonalds' burger, or buy the newest Nike sneakers, or drink your favorite Coca-Cola... It looks that it is the most important thing to have when you are out of your country...

I live in a place which is full of tourists (except now when we are imprisoned) almost the whole year... We have a lot of Norwegian, Dutch, and French tourists... And as some of them are here for a couple of months in a year, they already have their "own places" to gather... So, you can find a lot of Norwegian restaurants, shops, bars... I have nothing against anyone but isn't the point of vacation, and visits of other countries to taste their tradition, culture, dishes?

And, I'm not an exception... I have to admit that I was doing exactly the same when I came to live in Spain... I was searching for food that I KNOW, in a FEAR of trying something "unknown"... Luckily, through time, I have gained my courage and taste some Spanish dishes, and I'm very thankful that I did that...

When did our "exploration" spirit vanish? Why are we are SCARED to try new things? Why do we tend to do the same freaking thing as everyone on this planet every single day? Where is our creativity gone?

I know, we can't blame globalization for everything, but I do think that it takes a big portion of the guilt for losing our uniqueness...

Check out the video to see my tired face in shopping... lol...

Thank you for your valuable time,

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Who needs robots when we can become ones? Of course a robot is better at being a robot than a human who slowly becomes one through the cultural shift. Crushing creativity and uniqueness is crushing the human spirit. But corporations don't need human spirit, they need profits. Look at Amazon employees, who will soon become Amazon ex-employees and be replaced by real robots.

Good point... And regarding Amazon and employees, it is already happened in the past and will happen in the future... But, OK... We can say that there will be other workplaces "discovered"...

But, "becoming robots" is something that is happening... We are eating the same food, wearing the same close, going to watch the same movies... It looks that @pixiepost is right... We are the real Agent Smith's from the Matrix...

I wish I were wrong, in this case lol.

Poor Zoltan! Stuck at the mall, your FAVORITE place in the world!!! 🤣😂 I probably haven't been to one for several YEARS. lol

In all seriousness, though, you are right. Globalization really does kill uniqueness. It is sad, too. Seeing the same duplicate shops along with the fast food chains really interests me less & less as I get older. I enjoy the fun little "Mom & Pop" shops & really support small businesses. To me, it shows those business owners think outside of the box & bring more authenticity to the world.

I must be in the minority, because I enjoy trying new foods, cultures & other fun things in life. To me, that's part of LIVING, not being in some "matrix" way of life. I like to experience different things & create memories. The world would be pretty boring otherwise.

Yes, of course I like my "regular" things but exposing yourself to different things makes life so much more rewarding. :)

Glad you "survived" your traumatic experience & hopefully, you won't have to deal with it for awhile! 😂 Awesome video as always! 😉💜

To me, it shows those business owners think outside of the box & bring more authenticity to the world.

Probably because of the similar way of thinking, we are on the side of small business owners... We are trying to be like them in our online world... Being unique, authentic...

But, I have to admit, I have probably deeper motives for "globalization hate" :) As I was one of those small business owners, that has been pushed to the wall and forced to quit because of "dirty-play" of big players... I thought that I'm over with that, but it looks I didn't... 🤣

Thanks for the awesome comment!

Hi Zoltan,

I have a confession to make...

On Thursday evening I organized a little "pub chess crawl" - going to different local bars in Hiroshima and playing chess in each one.

We finished around 3am and I decided to walk the 13 kilometres back home from the city centre... around 5 am I saw the golden arches of Macdonalds and... [confession] popped in for an eggmcmuffin, hash brown and one of those HOT cups of coffee! I hardly ever go to Macdonalds, but I do enjoy the occasional eggmcmuffin in the right circumstances!

hehehe... I didn't forbid you to do that... lol... And I don't think that you are the customer that they will profit a lot with your occasional visits... When I go for a walk in the evening, I see a queue of cars in front of the Burger King, and McDonald's, and in most cases, there is the same one that was the previous day...

When malls first came out every city wanted one, as time went on it seem alot of stores inside the mall was not open anymore. Here in Topeka KS, Walmart is the big survivor. Now with Covid19 the small business owners cant open, but Walmart still lives. Now days I do not get out to shop any more used to be so much fun to go to the mall, now I dont think I would enjoy myself that much.

Now with Covid19 the small business owners cant open, but Walmart still lives.

This is happening all around the world, and here in Spain also... A lot of business spaces are for rent because small owners will never open them again...

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When you look at globalisation in general, it's not only about the shops and the products. It's the same about culture and creativity. Globalisation is also a kind of a motor to conformity, meaning that we all start to live, think and behave the same...

Agree... That's why I mentioned the culture and traditions thing in the post also... When I was young, I know that I didn't like those traditional dances, TV shows about old craftsmen, etc... But, seeing what's happening in the world, I wish to see more those "old stuff" around...

So, I hate to admit that in some way, I feel responsible for all that's happening... And, not just I, but my generation as a whole, as we maybe had a choice, but didn't see it on time...

Maybe we have a second chance with blockchain and crypto? Maybe we can turn back the clock somehow? :)

And, not just I, but my generation as a whole, as we maybe had a choice, but didn't see it on time...

It's true that in a way we opted to shop in these big shops as well. Let's do it better on the blockchain :-)

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Hi Zoltan,

I have a confession to make...

On Thursday evening I organized a little "pub chess crawl" - going to different local bars in Hiroshima and playing chess in each one.

We finished around 3am and I decided to walk the 13 kilometres back home from the city centre... around 5 am I saw the golden arches of Macdonalds and... [confession] popped in for an eggmcmuffin, hash brown and one of those HOT cups of coffee! I hardly ever go to Macdonalds, but I do enjoy the occasional eggmcmuffin, especially if I've been walking for a couple of hours and nowhere else is open!