If there's only one country in the earth ...

China
September 28, 2009 12:49pm CST
Let's suppose such a picture: One day all the nations unite to one nation. All the barriers among the countries are cancelled, which means everything including people and capitals could flow freely. Everyone has the same rights as others. You could live wherever you want. For there's only one official language in this new nation, communication is no longer an obstacle. Do you think such situation is good or bad to you and mankind? I'm expecting your opinions.
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• India
28 Sep 09
it might get boring ;for you will miss all the different cultures,traditions ,languages everything that adds color and flavour to this world. but at the same time its the best solution to stop the crazy world heading for a disaster in the name of differences in their practices,beliefs,races,cultures etc.for unity in diversity might be working for localised areas but for the whole world it seems to be a ideal situation.for world peace a single united country might be something we can bet on
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• China
29 Sep 09
The unification I mean is limited to political field. It's impossible to unite in the field of cultures. And as a principle, the government has responsibility to preserve cultural diversity. Personally speaking, in a united nation the cultural exchange would be smoother than that in current world for there would be no policy barriers. Anyway, thank you for your response.
@sheetalnr (589)
• India
29 Sep 09
It would be the best thing ever, if that is possible. Imagine this......no war, no nuclear dominance, all the regions will be developed and Multicultures coming together. Funny to think about it .......but when the world began, i guess it was just what you explained.
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• China
29 Sep 09
Thank you for your response. I know it's just an ideal picture. But don't forget that when the world began, people lived in different regions seldom communicated with others. That situation was quite different from the picture I described.
• India
29 Sep 09
I think it is not possible in this world. Because from the past you can see a strong nation always tried to occupy other weak nations. The world war II is a perfect example. It is all because of greed. So in future there is no possibility.
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• China
29 Sep 09
Thank you for your response. The unification I described is not the same as that in the history. Those strong nations invaded other nations for their own sake. If they "united" a continent or the whole world, they would treat people in other countries as slaves. The diversity of cultures would be ruined by them. The unification I described is based on negotiation. In any case, human rights and diversity of cultures should be respected and preserved by the new nation. There are essential differences between these two "unifications".
• India
29 Sep 09
it would be an intresting experience for everyone on this earth.people of different culture ,different religion ,different caste and different color..they come on same platform ,,if they treated equally,thn it would be a great ..but it doesnot happn in real..
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• China
29 Sep 09
Thank you for your response. I know it's just a beautiful picture in perspective. But if people all over the world, including you and me, could do something to promote it, I'm sure that this day may be coming in the future.
@zackyo7 (301)
• United States
29 Sep 09
It may be very good. There would be equality and what have you. However the only way for that to be good is if we evolve from this greedy system of capitalism. We would have to evolve to socialism which is a society without classes. Also let's say that the leaders who are controlling this world get evil. Then that would be horrible. Because you would have no control over your life. That's why some people are scared of this new world order thing.
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• China
29 Sep 09
Thank you for your response. In my view, both capitalism and socialism has their advantages and disadvantages. We'd better carefully analyse them and improve our current systems. I understand what you worry about. Only one country in the world is not that horrible, so long as it adopts democratic system and respects human rights and diversity of cultures.
@daliaj (5681)
• India
29 Sep 09
There are lots of advantages if there is only one country in the world. 1. No wars to capture another country. 2. No need of passport or visa. 3. No extra charge for foriegners on tourist spots 4. No need to worry about different currency rates .....and a lot more.
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• China
29 Sep 09
Thank you for your response. From what you listed I could get the conclusion that the advantage of political unification is the reduction of trade cost. Do you agree to my conclusion?
@Milesxiao (104)
• China
29 Sep 09
From what you discribed, I think that may be a world like ancient era, and modern culture is simiplied not same as now. It seems that all is united and no barrier, but I believe that it also lost many happiness and communications. And i think that the situation will not last long for its uncommon. In a word, the evolution of the earth goes forward, none could change the law.
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• China
29 Sep 09
Thank you for your response. I just define the situation as political unification. It's unnecessary and impossible to unite the different cultures. With the cancellation of all barriers, dialogues among different cultures would be promoted.
• Philippines
29 Sep 09
That could be a great thing that will happen. I think there will be unity and harmony among the people. There will no longer be competition and stuffs like that. I just wish it could happen and it would unify everyone for just one goal.
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• China
29 Sep 09
Even there's only one nation on the earth, there will still exist competition and social problems. But it's more likely that we could compete peacefully and solve problems through nonviolent methods. Trillions of military expenditure could be saved and used to improve the living standard of people, especially those poorest. Anyway, thank you for your response.
@youless (99516)
• Guangzhou, China
28 Sep 09
If so, perhaps everything will be better. At least there are less discrimination because everybody is the same since they live in the same country. And perhaps it is no need to star the war. It is much more convenient to travel around the world because you don't have to apply for a visa. I love China
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• China
29 Sep 09
Yeah, such unification would be a good news to travellers, especially for those from developing countries such as China and India. At that time we could travel around the world as convenient as domestic travel at present. To tell the truth, applying for visa is so complicated for Chinese travellers. It seems that they still have out-of-date picture of China. Anyway, thank you for your response.
@mama_bear (1121)
• Canada
28 Sep 09
i don't think that it would really be fair as others would lose their culture and we would all be expected to conform to some kind of same standard. it would be just another dictatorship to some degree. if there is a universal language, this would mean that everyone would be forced to learn it, and expected to use it at all times, and anyone speaking a native tongue would be seen to be conspiring and not wanting anyone to know hence their native tongue. the idea is great in theory, but it would come with its own problems. as is the case with most things some would take to liberties. i think that i would also take a lot of bloodshed and loss of life to get to a point where everyone is in agreement. and what would be used to enforce the laws, because there are others who just do not want to give up the power, and wars make money. those deprived of this would create problems in order to profit.
• China
29 Sep 09
Every coin has two sides. We should carefully assess its advantages and disadvantages. Take language for example, if there's only one official language, it only means that we use it to communicate with each other in public. Every children would be taught this language in school. But they would not be expected to use it at all times. It's impossible and unnecessary to unite in the field of culture. The picture I described is just a Utopia. Those who benefit from the current situation would try their best to oppose such unification. For example, if the barriers are cancelled, it's inevitable that many people will move to developed regions in order to find well-paid jobs. The competition would be more fierce. Though it could promote the development of economy, those who alreadly lived in developed regions would be angry for their income would decrease. Anyway, thank you for your response.
@Pose123 (21661)
• Canada
28 Sep 09
Hi Simon, I feel that this would be good because we are meant to be as one. One of the main causes of war is different languages,if we all spoke the same, we would soon realize that even our religions are not so different after all. We really wouldn't lose anything because different parts of the world would still be unique and have the same attractions. People would still want to live where the weather is warm or cold, depending on their preference, so I see nothing but good coming out of it. Blessings.
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• China
29 Sep 09
I agree that speaking same language could reduce misunderstanding among people from different culture. But it doesn't mean that we could only speak only one language. Cultural diversity would be preserved by means of law. Various barriers which hinder from exchange would be cancelled. The characteristics of every regions would still attract people from other regions. Anyway, thank you for your response.
@ra1787 (501)
• Italy
28 Sep 09
I guess that such an extreme solution could have some good effects (no more wars, etc) but it would flatten our cultural diversity, and make the world a much less interesting place. It could be great if we all felt part of this world instead of part of our nations but still retaining our culture and our languages, or even better people could keep their language and learn another common one...
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• China
29 Sep 09
It's a principle that cultural diversity should be preserved. Everyone has the same civil rights but could still retain their own customs. Nobody would force you to accept their culture. Take education for example, all the children would be taught both official language and local language in the school. Personally speaking, the unification would not weaken cultural diversity. Anyway, thank you for your response.