Everybody else is doing it, so why not me?
Well…OK, probably won’t cross this off my goal list before breakfast, but hey, why not aim high?
Of course the title of this post is intentionally provocative as an attention grabber. But hasn’t everyone thought about this at some time, or maybe still do?
Once we begin to pay close attentions to world events, this seem to the underlying motivation for much of what happens in the public arena, and in the manipulation of human events that becomes apparent in the light of historical analysis. Now before you label me as a paranoid conspiracy theorist, please hear me out.
As we are busy with our daily activities, we may tend to forget that the ambition to achieve global influence or control is truly the end game for many groups and individuals. In fact, many of you are probably actively involved in some interest group that has “domination” as a key element of its vision, mission and strategy statements. This intention may not be stated in such explicit terms in public statements, but there is often a hint in what is published.
For example, many corporation have a statement that includes something like “become a world leader in…” when describing business expansion plans. This is usually stated in terms of their particular industry sector, but most companies like having a presence in as many locations as their product offering can be supported by local demands and economic conditions.
Supported by financial interests, governments (USA, Russia and China being most aggressive at the moment) often seek, if not overt domination of other nations, at least sufficient leverage to sway the actions of friends and enemies alike. Having other sovereign nations under continual political and economic influence can be just as effective for global domination as military conquest, and without the costs or public backlash at home. While it is not wise to advertise the extent of this leverage very often, to keep other heads of state from embarrassment, some occasional posturing and muscle-flexing over minor issues helps keep the home folks proud of their nation’s status in the world.
Religious groups, especially the evangelical and fundamentalist varieties, also frequently seek global impact and presence, though usually couched in noble statements like “winning the world for Christ in our generation”. Putting themselves forward as ambassadors of God to convince the rest of the world of their unique found truth gives powerful motivation to believers for global conquest that rivals or surpasses the drive for economic and military conquest.
When we stop to think about it, every time we invest in or buy products from an international company, vote to support a national policy for strong military defense, or even give to foreign missions work at church, we are giving power to some interest with global aspirations.
With this in mind, these are some key questions we might want to ask ourselves:
- What do we believe we have to gain (or lose) if the interests we support do achieve global domination in a particular sphere of influence?
- Do the groups or interests we support have a record of seeking the higher good when they achieve influence , or do narrow self interests predominate to restrict the rights of others?
- If these groups or interests have a history of exploitive practices elsewhere in the world, should we expect to be treated any differently in this country once they achieve dominance?
- Therefore, shouldn’t we encourage our own government, financial, and corporate interest to abide by the rule “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”?
- Should we support measures that ensure that adequate checks and balances exist in national or corporate governance, as well as financial markets?
- What might happen if adequate checks and balances are not put in place?
Looking forward to anticipate all possible future outcomes in world affairs, wouldn’t we want to intentionally support those groups and interests who live by the golden rule wherever in the world they operate, and act intentionally to motivate all competing interests to do the same? History tells us no nation (or group)will be on the winning side in every battle, we need to consider building friendships among the peoples of the nations with which we compete globally. Some day they might be on the winning side!