Who died. Who played football. Who got married. Why care? [The curse of being a global citizen]

People today search for their news in the Internet.

And most of Google top searches show a tendency. (1, 2, 3, 4)

We care for other people.

We love reading news about them.

Who married.
Who died.
Who played in which football team.
Who won the Nobel Prize.
Who wrote the latest best seller book.
Who directed the latest blockbuster movie.

From Stephen Hawking to Albert Einstein, from Stormy Daniels to Katy Perry, people today are addicted to knowing things about other people. We want to be part of their lives or death, to know the details of how they ate breakfast, to see their letters and read their interviews, to be there to watch them live while they give birth to their children.

From the latest big wedding to the latest big funeral, from the latest football match to the latest musicians and bands, from the latest artists to the most popular DJs, we want to be part of the next important event; even if this means just watching it via Facebook.

We have learnt that we are part of a global village.

And we have chosen to live by that belief ever since.

But by doing so we pay a huge price.

For the ‘global village’ we believe in is nothing more than a fantasy…

No celebrity cares about what we know or not know about them. No, Hawkins did not care if you have read his latest book. The latest Nobel prize winner do not even care if you read about them in the morning newspaper or your Facebook feed.

The only true impact of believing you are part of something bigger than your neighborhood, is that you miss the details of your neighborhood.  The only true impact of believing other people than your own family matter, is that the most important people for you at the end do not matter. For every thing you learn about a celebrity, you lose something important for a person you love. For every big football game you watch, there is a great accomplishment of your little daughter that you miss. For every minor detail that you search for a recent wedding of a person you will never see in person, there is an important detail for a person which you care for that you will never learn.

Stop learning the news about people you will never see.

Start caring for the ones that are near you.

Make your world smaller.

And you will see it grow beyond recognition…

Author: skakos

Spiros Kakos is a thinker located in Greece. He has been Chief Editor of Harmonia Philosophica since its inception. In the past he has worked as a senior technical advisor for many years. In his free time he develops software solutions and contributes to the open source community. He has also worked as a phD researcher in the Advanced Materials sector related to the PCB industry. He likes reading and writting, not only philosophy but also in general. He believes that science and religion are two sides of the same coin and is profoundly interested in Religion and Science philosophy. His philosophical work is mainly concentrated on an effort to free thinking of "logic" and reconcile all philosophical opinions under the umbrella of the "One" that Parmenides - one of the first thinkers - visualized. The "Harmonia Philosophica" articles program is the tool that will accomplish that. Life's purpose is to be defeated by greater things. And the most important things in life are illogical. We must fight the dogmatic belief in "logic" if we are to stay humans... Credo quia absurdum!

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