Local/global

December 5, 2012

ill 7 redigeret

Today we live together, in a way. You email your friend in Paris, you watch the election in US, you call your colleagues in Japan. Furthermore materials, food, things, are imported and exported all over the world, and you happily eat your banana from Africa.

In this way we help each other to make business, jobs, and interact between cultures, but spreading materials around the world might not be the best solution in the long term.

One could say, that globalization is a result of democracy, a political formation known from the Ancient Greeks in Athens: “The Greek city was a greenhouse for people who agreed to be uprooted from modus vivendi of living in separation and instead be planted in the disarming modus of living together”.
The bathhouse is especially known as this social meeting place, where the Greeks took showers, studied, trained their bodies, ate and socialized.

Aristotle said; “humans are, he suggested, by no means urbanites by nature but have to be turned into such;they cannot simply be posited as city-dwellers(…) So there must logically be a third term that comes between nature and such an assumed act of will, one that would be strong enough to neutralize the powers people have to repel one another and to overcome their aversion to involuntary neighborhoods”

Democracy can be turned in to tyranny or a “one-way-communication”,  for example when on man is addressing an audience, when we don’t get to choose, if we want the little chines girl to sew our clothes or when we pick food in the supermarket.

Although it seems easy and good in a way to share, and make use of different countries qualities and characteristics, it might be more expensive in a broader perspective. A palm won’t grow in the snow in Sweden, and the solution might not be to transpose the climatic conditions along with it. Maybe we need to make a greater use and appreciation of our local “ingredients”.

At last this also might make more “original” atmospheres. When everything is mixed together the different characters of one culture seems to disappear in the mess.  The the wooden house might stand more beautiful and long in its origin climate and culture.

/Anne Mette

Peter Sloterdijk, ‘Atmospheres of Democracy’, in Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel, eds, Making Things Public: Atmospheres of Democracy, Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2005.

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