Reality Check

Warning: this will be one of those posts where I blabber on about some everyday thoughts, so if you can bare with me, please do.

For some reason, over the last few days it has come across to me that our time in life is limited and can be cut short at any point. Now, I don’t want to sound depressive on this but reflective on the past as well as the future.

What I mean by this is that you should be proud of what you achieve whether it be day by day, week by week or year upon year; whilst, not regretting the actions of yesterday, but reflect to improve the reality of today.  As a result of this, the omen of “living everyday like it’s your last” truly is something to live by, but not to be limited. To whoever reads this, I would urge you take every opportunity life gives you and be who you want to be, listen to your to conscience to maximise the experiences that the world has to offer.

Recently, I have learnt to become self-less to what I want to achieve and how I can go about achieving them. I have begun to focus more upon a healthy lifestyle and setting myself long-term goals on where I want to be in 5/10 years time, whilst taking nothing for granted. I truly believe hard-work, perserverance and patience are key to a successful, happy life; which I hope this minature blog has brought the tools to maximise your life.

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Globalisation: Plight or Flight?

McDonald’s, Nike and Apple. Three large superpowers of different industries, yet they share one thing in common; globalisation. I reckon that 99.9% of the world’s population would instantly be able to recognise the logos of these companies with ease. However, there is great discussion on whether globalisation is beneficial to society or not. As an economist, I only look at the monetary gains or losses in globalisation, although there is a much wider spectrum of impact from globalisation.

Yes, globalisation can mean jobs, investment, growth and employment but at what cost? Well, we only have to look at countries such as Bangladesh and Pakistan where workers can not only be underpaid, but maybe only of primary school education age. Multinational corporations seem to have little regard for their workers and the conditions they work in, why? MNC’s revolve around maximisation of profit and to do this, costs must be minimised. Pretty logical isn’t it. This lack of social empathy for populations is making globalisation more hazardous than advantageous.
Globalisation has also meant that some countries can be crowded out in producing some goods, as more often than not, it comes down to where the MNC’s can produce at the lowest cost. This an economic concept of absolute and comparative advantage; I won’t bore you with the details but basically, one country will specialise in a good and produce more of it due to lower opportunity costs in production.

Interestingly, I came across another aspect of globalisation I was unaware of; this is the globalisation of crime i.e. the increasing connectivity of crime across international borders. The variety of crime is unprecedented, from terrorism to traficking and even tax evasion! Strangely, I feel quite stupid for not thinking about this before and not seeing the bigger, global picture…. the name “globalisation” seems very fitting in this case.

So what’s good about globalisation? Well it’s probably allowed you to read my blog! (You probably didn’t laugh but oh well….) But on a more serious note, globalisation is good news for us. It allows inter-country trade and access to new markets with goods which wouldn’t be previous available to us. Globalisation has made the world more connected than ever before and would be unwise to not recognise the opportunities that come with it. Some third-world countries have developed upon recognition. Globalisation has acted as the foundations for economic growth, especially for countries such as India and China; I can imagine it will continue to do so, as the middle classes of these countries expand and begin to demand a wider variety of goods.

So all in all….globalisation, it’s a bit like marmite isn’t it. You either love it or you hate it, but we couldn’t do without it.

How bad do you want it?

I have always been interested in the term “success” and what it means to an individual. As a concept, it is incredibly broad but also incredibly vague. Now, you might be thinking I am contradicting myself by this, but I’ll explain what I mean.

Success is a broad subject as it can take multiple shapes and forms as well as being of different magnitudes. To a student, a success might be rolling out of bed to make that 9am seminar whilst for an employee, a promotion will be a success. Success can be considered to be determined on an individuals goals and circumstances; as a result, success is subjective. Due to this subjectivity, success is a vague concept with different approaches from different angles.

What surprises me about people is when asked about what is a successful life is that the answers seem limited. A well-paid job, good education, husband/wife and kids? That seems to be the limit of what people want to achieve in life; as a result, I’d say most of the world’s population is not satisfied with the level of success they have achieved in their lives (I might be very wrong).

So how do you go about achieving success? Well during procrastination to my exams in January, I came across an old youtube video called “How bad do you want it?”, a motivational speech to help people pursue their goals and dreams ( I will put the link for this at the bottom). “if you want to succeed as badly as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful” shows that to be successful, you need to be desperate. I’m not saying to suffocate yourself but I think this has a deeper meaning of giving up something in order to gain in the future. But it makes a fair point, if you want something, you’ve got to go out there and get it.

“We are not deterred”

It is in the wake of the attacks in Westminster that I have decided to start writing my thoughts about the world we live in today.

I will never be able to understand or comprehend the mindset of an individual who feels the need to take a human life in such horrific or devastating circumstances; with only the motive of hatred and detest against society. With these two motives in mind, the difficulties that my generation faces in the future has probably led to one of the most divided societies in history.

At about 2pm, I was on the Northern Line travelling to London Bridge after being at university for the semester. On this short leg of the journey, a busker was attempting to brighten up the day of many Londoners by singing their favourite songs to accompany them on their journey. At Angel onwards, a young girl probably not much older than myself started to sing with him in front of the whole carriage. Although it may not have been the best live performance I will witness, it shared a moment of compassion and happiness amongst those who witnessed it, whilst I thought, it is selfless acts like these that make our world a wonderful place to live.

Later that afternoon, I found about the disgusting events that occurred in the     Westminster area. It was this moment that I really appreciated that society wasn’t all rosey and how fragmented the world is that we live in. I could only see this being emphasised on social media, where after an attack like this, many people accuse the thousands of members of a peaceful religion; it is to be reminded that the majority of Muslims are kind, good-hearted people. That sense of belonging and pride of society experienced on the tube earlier had been decimated into a segregated hotpot of disarray.

Events such as yesterday really make us appreciate what is truly important in life and how valuable are lives truly are. However, no one wants to live like this. The separation of people based on religion, ethnicity, colour, nationality (the list continues….) is ever present and greater than before. Time is considered to be a healer, but those cracks are obviously growing wider than ever.

It frightens me when I think about how the world may look in 10 years or so with such division and hatred. However, it is not all doom and gloom; events such as these bring the best out of the majority of us where unity makes us stronger together.

My thoughts are with the families and friends who have lost loved ones as well as our police force who showed great bravery in the face of adversity; may the ones that have passed, rest in peace.

Welcome!

Welcome to my blog!

First, a little about myself. I am a 2nd year Economics student at University where outside my studies, my main passion is sport. I have travelled greatly from Tiannemen Square to the Galapagos Islands and have been priviledge to experience some amazing places which I hope contributes to my understanding of how our world works.

I have decided to start a blog where I will write about the hard-pressing issues faced by our world or some waffle on something I’ve thought about in the day, hopefully to give a different outlook and perspective on the world we live in.

I hope you enjoy what I write (so it makes you suscribe!) and makes you think in a different light. I appreciate any feedback whether good or bad and am looking forward to sharing my thoughts with you.

Piers

 

First, a little about myself. I am a 2nd year Economics student at University where outside my studies, my main passion is sport. I have travelled greatly from Tiannemen Square to the Galapagos Islands and have been priviledge to experience some amazing places which I hope contributes to my understanding of how our world works.

I have decided to start a blog where I will write about the hard-pressing issues faced by our world or some waffle on something I’ve thought about in the day, hopefully to give a different outlook and perspective on the world we live in.

I hope you enjoy what I write (so it makes you suscribe!) and makes you think in a different light. I appreciate any feedback whether good or bad and am looking forward to sharing my thoughts with you.

Piers