Is there a difference between globalization and global localization? Yes, there is.
Globalization refers to a “one world” alliance, and it definitely feels like we are becoming that. It sounds so utopian, a state in which everything is perfect: communication, economics, business, technology, government, society, and culture. We have diversity, equity, and inclusion and outcomes are the same for everyone. There is little room for, and tolerance for, differences among people, and more specifically, groups of people. One group receiveth, and from another group something is taken away. Identity is intrinsically linked to the group of which you are part.
Global localization is different. It refers to the organization of clusters of people around the world who think, act and believe similarly. Clusters could be geographic, however, they’re much more likely to be psychographic instead, i.e. what a group of people believes, who they connect with, what they hope for. Global localizationalists do not want the concentration of power with a unified warm-and-fuzzy-sounding theme. They want diversity, equality, and inclusion. They celebrate differences and affirm someone’s value because they are created in the image of God, not because they are part of a group. They believe our ultimate identity is in the uniqueness that God gave us. They believe we’re all connected by that God-given identity, and the future is the connectivity of localized clusters around the globe who give God the glory. The one true, liberating way to achieve global unity is to transform hearts for God, one heart at a time.
In that spirit, I like to make a statement of gratitude. I am grateful for godly men who model what it’s like to be a godly dad. I am grateful for the godly men in my life who have humbly taught me to subordinate my will to the will of my Father in heaven, who gave me my identity. My father, David, is one of those godly men in my life. I love you, dad.
To all fathers, Happy Fathers’ Day.