The Essence of Globalization in the Spiritual Dimension

In: Philosophical Aspects of Globalization: A Multidisciplinary Inquiry

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Abstract

Globalization is the dominant process of modernity. The economic and socio-political aspects of globalization have been studied in sufficient detail; and yet, its spiritual aspects remain in the shade: questions of the spiritual essence of globalization and problems of the moral and spiritual content of globalization. While it is obvious that all processes taking place in the world have a spiritual component, often the spiritual content of modern phenomena is hidden behind external manifestations. Globalization refers precisely to such phenomena—its spiritual essence is implicit and unclear. But still, it can be reconstructed, as the ideology of globalism is not devoid of a certain spiritual bias. The unifying impact of globalization in relation to the spiritual is manifested in the fact that the bearer of spirituality, a person, is deprived of his deepest qualities, to which his spiritual dimensions belong. Globalization dissolves a person in the forms of life of our contemporary age, constructed by it and with the help of the mass media, and including material consumption and extreme passivity. Globalization is the ultimate form of producing human passivity on a global scale: it encroaches on the essence of a person, as a responsible creator of his own life. In globalization, the human personality is blurred, unified, and has few means for self-preservation, and even less for development. Thus, the author recognizes that the spiritual content of globalization is destructive and poses a threat to an already spiritually weakened humanity. And yet the future of mankind is not hopeless. The spiritual essence of man is fundamentally indestructible, which inspires reasonable hope for retaining spirituality within the horizon of the development of man and mankind.

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