Overruling of global interdependence by nationalistic images
Nationalistic definitions of social responsibility hinder global understanding of citizenship, including the images and legal forms which allow for true global identification. At present cultural exclusiveness inhibits more than a national understanding of citizenship. Images of conflict and defence against the rest of the world override motivation for a global covenant which would provide the basis of a global legal base.
Loyalties to political structures have changed over the centuries, from the clan, to the tribe, to the kingdom and finally to the nation. At this point in the relationship between the individual and the state loyalty to any geo-political reality smaller than the whole globe creates reduced images of responsibility and unnecessarily focused channels of action.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a collaboration between UIA and Mankind 2000, started in 1972. It is the result of an ambitious effort to collect and present information on the problems with which humanity is confronted, as well as the challenges such problems pose to concept formation, values and development strategies. Problems included are those identified in international periodicals but especially in the documents of some 60,000 international non-profit organizations, profiled in the Yearbook of International Organizations.
The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
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