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The Impact of Globalisation on Western Traditions

Globalisation has brought the world closer together, fostering economic growth, cultural exchange, and technological advancement. However, this interconnectedness also raises concerns about the erosion of cultural values and traditions, particularly in Western societies. This article explores the impact of globalisation on Western traditions, examining how global influences can also dilute cultural values. By drawing on principles from a range of researched philosophy, I aim to understand the complexities of globalisation's influence on Western cultural identity.

Judicial philosophers emphasise the importance of justice and fairness in maintaining a cohesive society. These principles are foundational to Western cultural values, which include the rule of law, individual rights, and democratic governance. Globalisation, however, challenges these values by introducing external influences that does not align with traditional Western ideals.

In Australia, the legal and political systems are deeply rooted in Western traditions. The influx of diverse cultural practices and legal norms through globalisation has created tensions between maintaining traditional values and embracing multiculturalism. For example, debates over the incorporation of different legal traditions, such as Sharia law, and a vast range of traditional aboriginal lores, into the Australian legal system highlight the challenges of balancing justice and fairness in a globalised world.

Economists argue that free markets and open trade are essential for economic prosperity. Globalisation facilitates the exchange of goods, services, and ideas, contributing to economic growth. However, this economic integration also leads to the homogenization of cultures, as dominant economic powers export their cultural products and values.

As the famous economist Thomas Sowell shared, "When in Rome, do as Romans do" was once a common saying. Today, after generations in the west have been indoctrinated with the rhetoric of multiculturalism, the borders of Western nations on both sides of the Atlantic,have been thrown open to people who think it is their prerogative to come as refugees and tell the Romans what to do - and to assault those who don't knuckle under to foreign religious standards.

In Australia, the influence of American and European cultural products is pervasive. From Hollywood movies to fast food chains, Western cultural exports shape consumer behaviour and societal norms. While this cultural exchange has enriched local traditions, it also risks overshadowing and diluting unique cultural identities. The Northern Territory, with its rich Indigenous heritage, faces particular challenges in preserving its cultural traditions amidst the influx of global cultural influences.

Psychologists emphasise the importance of cultural identity in shaping individual self-perception and social cohesion. Globalisation can impact cultural identity by exposing individuals to diverse cultural influences, leading to a sense of identity crisis or cultural dislocation.

In the Northern Territory, Indigenous communities grapple with the tension between preserving their cultural heritage and adapting to global influences. The younger generation, in particular, experiences a conflict between traditional values and the allure of globalised culture. This cultural dislocation leads to psychological stress and a weakening of community bonds. Some communities, like Wadeyre, have been circumscribed to foreign imported gangs and gang crime culture.

Experienced security professionals highlight the importance of social stability and cohesion in maintaining a secure society. Globalisation challenges social stability by introducing cultural and ideological diversity, which leads to conflict and social fragmentation. The century of assimilation in Australia, constantly critiqued by academia, and the "White Australia Policy," which encouraged the import of Western values, were policies that encouraged and provided real safety and security, through reduced conflict and diversity of thought, not values.

In Australia, the integration of diverse cultural groups through immigration and global exchange has brought both benefits and challenges. The Northern Territory, with its unique demographic and cultural landscape, has experienced social tensions related to cultural integration. Efforts to promote social cohesion and inclusivity are truly essential to addressing these challenges and ensuring that globalisation does not undermine social stability. However, the anti-Australian and anti-western values often shared by Australia's largest immigration departments, the Australian Universities, actively encourage conflict, not assimilation. Recent university riots and violent extremism, with vocal threats against Jews in Australia, provide vivid and clear evidence of this lack of national pride and basic respect for Australian and Western values.

Australia celebrates its cultural diversity through various festivals and events, such as Harmony Day and multicultural festivals. These events promote inclusivity and cultural exchange, showcasing the positive aspects of globalisation. However, they also highlight the tension between preserving traditional Western values and embracing a multicultural identity.

The pervasive influence of global media, particularly American and European content, shapes cultural norms and values in Australia. Television shows, movies, and music from these regions dominate the Australian media landscape, influencing fashion, language, and social behaviours. While this cultural exchange can enrich local culture, it also raises concerns about the erosion of a unique Australian cultural identity. While many immigrants seek the privilege of free speech, they refuse to be held responsible or accountable for the language and messages they share, or the behaviour they encourage. This obvious entitlement is a clear reflection of the lack of understanding and respect for the values and norms of Australian society.

In the Northern Territory, Indigenous communities work to preserve their cultural heritage amidst the pressures of globalisation. Initiatives such as cultural tourism, language revitalisation programs, and community-led cultural education aim to protect and promote Indigenous traditions. These efforts highlight the importance of actively preserving cultural values in the face of global influences. However, the grants and subsidies associated with such festivals and programs often rely on partnerships with government agencies that are seeking to impose the very influences that these efforts are trying to resist.

I recall with humour an Indian-born woman abusing some aboriginal women while telling them that she was the same and that Aboriginal Australians and Indians hold the same values. This lack of respect and display of ignorance required my physical intervention as the local women became quite reasonably violent and aggressive towards the Indian born woman. Australian citizenship and a role in the Australian government do not correlate with respect for local cultural identity or any acknowledgement of competence.

Balancing globalisation and cultural preservation is crucial for a sustainable world. To achieve this, strategies must be developed and implemented that emphasise cultural education, support local cultural industries, encourage inclusive policies, foster community engagement, and promote critical media literacy. Education systems should emphasise the importance of cultural heritage and identity, incorporating cultural studies and Indigenous perspectives into the curriculum.

Cultural genocide is just as destructive and harmful as physical genocide, according to most historians. Governments and communities could provide funding, resources, and platforms for local artists and practitioners to sustain cultural traditions and promote diversity. Inclusive policies should promote cultural integration and assimilation while respecting traditional values, creating spaces for cultural expression, and protecting cultural rights. Community engagement in cultural preservation efforts strengthens cultural identity and promotes social cohesion. Promoting critical media literacy can help mitigate the impact of cultural homogenization by encouraging critical thinking about media content and promoting diverse media sources.

Globalisation presents both opportunities and challenges for Western traditions and cultural values. While the exchange of goods, services, and ideas can enrich societies, it also risks diluting unique cultural identities and values. The examples from Australia, particularly my home in the Northern Territory, highlight the complexities of navigating globalisation's impact on cultural traditions.

By promoting cultural education, supporting local cultural industries, encouraging inclusive policies, fostering community engagement, and promoting critical media literacy, societies can balance the benefits of globalisation with the need to preserve cultural values. These strategies help maintain a vibrant and diverse cultural landscape that respects traditional values while embracing the opportunities of a globalised world.

Ultimately, the goal is to create a society where cultural diversity is celebrated, traditional values are respected, and the benefits of globalisation are harnessed for the common good. Through thoughtful and inclusive approaches, we can ensure that globalisation enhances rather than diminishes the rich cultural tapestry of Western societies. Academics often espouse their disgust at the colonisation of every country on the planet, and yet it is the colonisation of thoughts, and ideas that they themselves promote and propagate. We must teach students "how" to think, not "what" to think, to encourage effective and positive discourse on this and a range of subjects.

From the author.

 The opinions and statements are those of Sam Wilks and do not necessarily represent whom Sam Consults or contracts to. Sam Wilks is a skilled and experienced Security Consultant with almost 3 decades of expertise in the fields of Real estate, Security, and the hospitality/gaming industry. His knowledge and practical experience have made him a valuable asset to many organizations looking to enhance their security measures and provide a safe and secure environment for their clients and staff.

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