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Law of Average

Well, Globalization is in the air! Its becoming increasingly evident that we'll live with this predominantly prevailing phenomenon till our life's end. Luckily, being in a developing world helps to understand the other side of the coin too.

Is it fair to object the free trade policy as advocated by the western community? Are we being narrow-minded when we strive for restrictions in the free flow of commodities across the globe? After all, we continously ridicule our previous generations for patronising the casteism and religionism. Where to place 'Patriotism' in today's global village?

Lets take an anology here: even when a world class table tennis player is pitched against the most novice of them all, after a few games (may be in 00's), consciously or unconsciously, the star player's quality of game comes down gradually to the level of that of novice till the novice starts winning. Lets examine the few factors that's in play here:

1. Law of Average - quality needs competition to exist and grow in this world (though inner quality is/should be free of comparision)
2. Desire to grow, which is a basic human characteristic
3. which leads to another basic characteristic of 'Fighting for one's rights'
and
4. Human-ness, to live together by sharing

The first two can be argued as natural laws which can't be tampered much with. Now the expression of the third factor in all its clarity is the trick. Now, how many restrictions can be termed as pure 'Fighthing for one's rights'? How do u differentiate this with 'Patriotism'? I guess that depends purely on one's point of view and at this point, I'm not educated enough to criticize the WTO regimes and the government policies on this aspect. However, I rightly feel China's fight against US in trying to standardize its own local WAPI protocol internationally along with 802.11 wireless networking standard is an excellent example. (ref. http://www.infoworld.com/article/04/04/22/HNshelvingwapi_1.html)

and of course, protectionism will prevail indirectly propotional to the human-ness shown from the western world!

Comments

James said…
The problem occurs when the expert tennis sees that the novice is starting to gain ground, so he takes a gun out of tennis shorts and shoots the novice in the ankles, that way he'll have no chance of ever getting up to par.

I don't think globalization is a bad thing. I think it is inevitable and that great things can come out of it. What I do think is wrong, however, is the way certain institutions are using globalization as a tool to exploit others.
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