“Humanity is identity. All men are the same clay”. This is what Victor Hugo wished for, in his book Les Misérables that was issued in 1862. He painted a social fresco of poor isolated people with no alternatives to their own lives. It was France of “the Restauration” time when the gap between the haves and the haves-not was gripping the country. Nevertheless, his masterpiece has given an alternative perspective. In better words, it has given an alternative narrative, by codifying a tribute to the power of human nature and to the power of human will.
Why this introduction? Because the path of justice and human rights, and the change for an equal supportive world, do not start from economy or trade. Actually, they begin from the faith into humankind. Indeed, they begin from the people.
The term globalization is rather controversial. Literally and theoretically, it is a call for an action on a global scale. Practically and pragmatically, the phenomenon of globalization, in its successful effects, has invested just a segment of the world. This is deducible from the polarized anomaly that makes the globe a land of both accumulation and loss, growth, and decrease, development and involution, rebirth and deterioration, richness and poverty, chances and negations of them.
The recent fire of the Grenfell Tower in London is a clear symptom of how globalization sometimes puts people at the mercy of business, of how some of them are treated as inner workings of a politically and socially corrupted system of which they will never be the owners but the pawns. An entire building on fire. Many people died inside of it without even having the chance to try to escape. This happened in one of the most advanced and democratic cities in the world. It would be interesting to discuss what the word democratic actually means, though. Indeed, what is shocking is that behind this tragedy, it seems there is an intentional lack of refurbishing interventions of this old building; just a quick and cheap aesthetic renovation to preserve the Kensington skyline, although the many complaints from the inhabitants regarding the dangerous conditions of living there. Grenfell Tower was a house for many poor and low-class Londoners. It was a house for the foreigners that had chosen London as their new dimension. It feels like they were not a social and economic priority. These are flashes of ordinary life. They are the epitome of the losing side of globalization as a remnant, trace, residue of the capitalism of indifference and of the legitimacy of the market instead of the legitimacy of lives.
Each Life has the same value. Globalization appears to forget it, sometimes. It appears to crown indifference as a value. Not to leave behind, that indifference supports individualism. They are interdependent. Which are the human consequences? The freedom that globalization promised may not be for everyone. The break of spatial-temporal boundaries through globalization has confined and isolated the poor and the weak even more. Speed, a decrease of local identities, a decrease of national sovereignty may have destroyed human solidarity and dignity. This may have fostered human dissatisfaction, discontent, and dissociation with reality. Indeed, some people may not feel part of this. Some people may feel bewildered. They may perceive what they are living in, is artificial and not inclusive. Economic domain, populism, violent extremism, and homologation, thus loss of a dialogue, may have derived from globalization.
Globalization: It seems people have had enough of this word. It seems they want to reclaim borders, labels, walls… Moving is scaring. Those who move scare even more. Yet still, as all the most radical changes, globalization has spread, or eventually, it may spread new social goals. We should act on revitalizing this word with its literal meaning. Therefore, we should be active for a globalization of rights, a globalization of possibilities, a globalization of freedoms, a globalization of choices, a globalization of initiatives. Globalization as global movement and globalization as a global prospect. Anthropopoiesis is the study of the evolution of men as social creatures and as parts of a socialized body. It is time for globalization to be a phenomenon of social enlightenment and of a social collective solution. Where is the global commitment to the world? Where is our ontological engagement? Where is globalization as dialogue and as welfare? Where is globalization as a natural condition of global inclusiveness?
We have to be global in the intentions. We have to be global in the awareness. We have to be global for the good purposes. We must think global. Poverty is still there. Its proportion has never been that reduced, though. As long as trades grow with no correspondence from human conscience, the world will never be equal. Equality will never be global.
Again. Indifference is the first enemy of global growth. “Humanity is identity. All men are the same clay”. Victor Hugo did not stop there. He continued, as follows: “No difference here below at least, in predestination”. By Maddalena Migliori