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Europe – A different kind of empire

Europe which used to symbol progress, freedom and globalization, has become a continent in regression. As the world is changing, some nations are progressing while some don’t. It is a natural process. Countries that are less advanced, will progress with the time toward the current dominant society. On the other hand, it is the responsibility of the strong and progressed society to continue to evolve as the time pass. It can be observed in the history of humans, that empires that stopped evolving had finished by being replaced by a population that used to be less advanced previously. This process was natural as the majority of the empire’s used to dominate other population in a less favorable manner. This pushed local population to evolve as domination was a “0 sum game” – The winner takes it all. This was the standard, which made sense in a general nationalist totalitarian structure.

The rise of the European Empire started 500 years ago. Already from its first days this empire had some different aspect than the majority of the empires that arise previously. It was not a single entity empire, but a multi entity one. To make it simple, the majority of the empires has risen from a single source. The Roman empire centered in Rome with one leader. the Persian empire, mongol empire and all the rest of the previous empire were similar in structure. Europe was different, it was an empire rising from many local entities. There were all located in Europe, many different entities were raising of the conquer of the unknown world.

By itself it is a details that makes a big difference. The constant competition and the need to progress was a factor that was one of the fundamental of this expansion. In many ways, I came to believe that the reason that the European empire has manage to emerge and control for the long the rest of the world, is the constant competition in the continent and the need the exceed the others that pushed this progress. Moreover, The fact that many different leaders were leading this quest has created a more flexible mechanism of expansion. Not only different perspective and techniques were used to the conquer and maintenance of the European empire simultaneously, but in case on entity started to fail, its neighbor entity would take over. Leaving the local population no chance to resist.

different kind of empire

Looking at the facts, Europe has created the biggest empire ever established in human history in terms of size. Looking on it retrospectively, it can be said that it had the biggest impact of the world population. To make it simple, from the point of view of language adaptation, it is easy to see how the conquer and integration of the European empire affected enormously every population it touches. In 2018, Spanish, English and French are by far the most spoken languages used by the world population originating from in Europe. (It is true that Chinese is Hindu are widely spoken, but these languages originated in the land of the local population). This is one of the many factors that shows the power of expansion of the western empire.

The idea of supremacy of the European people on the rest of the world is very old. Ignoring the racism and megalomania involved, as any other empire, the purpose of the western empire was based on spreading the western philosophy and unifying the world under one rule. This idea is not new, it existed in the majority of the empires. Nevertheless, the European empire is the first one in human history that has managed to bring us to a point in which it is actually possible. Many factors had pushed this outcome – The industrial revolution, the fall of totalitarian ruling and the creation of democracies, the technological revolution and the weakening on Christianity separating it from power.

It is true that the European empire has enslaved, massacred, rubbed and raped the majority of the land and population they had touched. Nevertheless, only thanks to its rise, humanity has marched toward the first possible real globalization. This statement is not belittling the horror, just pointing out the reality as it is. The world is still far from achieving full globalization and the atrocities of the Western empire should not be ignored. But after all, if we are searching to arrive to a real prosperity that will benefit the world population, stop wars, hunger and racism, globalization is the perfect way to do it.

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Constructive education – Part 8. Fundamental topic in a global society

We need a better education in our growing global society. The purpose of any education system is to create a standard of general knowledge, giving its student access to numerous field allowing the students to understand what they are naturally attracted to and equip them with the best tolls possible to handle the future. For this end, a limited number of topics are chosen, creating the core of the process of education. At the moment, the topics varies between countries around the world based on their local culture and politics. While it is true that local culture is important and relevant, it is important to understand that in a global era information regarding different cultures is as important. Moreover, In A world of connectivity in which knowledge and information is globally shared, a general standard of basic topic given to all student around the world regardless of the location of a specific state is possible and needed.

The argument claiming that education around the world should be different, comes from political motives. Its main purpose is to promote local agenda for the purpose of reinforcing local elites and maintaining ignorance in the general public. To promise an easier integration of the current generation to the emerging global era, the structure of education must combine knowledge related to local states, some general knowledge and some multicultural tools. As we are speaking on an educational period of minimum 12 years, some topics should be presented to the student before the other. There is enough time and resources is the division of the topics if done in the right manner. It is a matter of creating an efficient system in which the general and practical knowledge is passed to the future generation for the sake of their own prosperity and for benefiting the population as a whole.

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in the list presented bellow I wrote down the core topics I believe should exists in any education system around the world that is searching to be constructive:

Languages and mathematics

  • Local language and Grammar
  • Second language and grammar (Language from different origin)
  • One neighbour language and grammar
  • Music (at least one instrument)
  • Mathematics
  • Computing

History

  • Local History
  • Empire evolution and fall history around the world
  • History by continents
  • History related to the origin of the most important and relevant inventions.

General knowledge

  • Geography
  • Astronomy
  • Local literature
  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Cultures around the world

Economy and Government

  • History of politics
  • History of local politics
  • Local government structure
  • The role of banks and their function in the global society.
  • Taxes
  • The history of money and its evolution.
  • Cooperation’s and small businesses
  • Macroeconomy
  • laws

As I mentioned earlier, the structure need to give the young generation a blend of local and global knowledge. This mixture is extremely important, as it allow the young generation to develop a general overview of the reality they are living in, broader than their location. Learning several languages has been proven as beneficial, increasing intellect and developing the capacity of individuals to understand different perspectives. More importantly, the capacity to speak and understand different culture will give the young generation tools allowing them to be flexible in our growing global platform.

The world is evolving and creating a new reality. It is our education system that will determine how well equipped will be the adults of tomorrow. Only by creating a better, broader and multi cultural structure we will manage to adapt and prosper in this new world that is in the middle of it way. Education is all about knowledge and knowledge give to people not only power but also flexibility. Changing the topics of the classes is needed urgently. For our children’s, our society and our future.

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