For many citizens of this great planet, the key to keeping society afloat is the diversity of thought and culture across the spectrum. We want to strive for greatness, and the only way to know if we’ve had any success is to look around.
But there are those among us who would seek to homogenize the global community. They look to make the earth flat, at least from a cultural, economic, and rights perspective – which many believe benefits the lesser among us at considerable detriment to those who worked for their successes.
These are the globalists we hear so much about, hoping to unify the world under one government, consolidating power over liberty in ways that would have made even Genghis Khan a little uncomfortable.
And we can now count the United Nations chief among them.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres gave a somber assessment of global affairs Tuesday in an opening address of the annual high-level gathering in New York City.Trending:
“Our world is in peril and paralyzed,” Guterres told world leaders attending the 77th United Nations General Assembly, which returned in person this week for the first time in three years.
“We are gridlocked in colossal global dysfunction,” he said, adding the international community “is not ready or willing to tackle” the challenges it faces — including climate change, poverty and war.Advertisement - story continues below
“The United Nations charter and the ideals it represents are in jeopardy and we have a duty to act,” Guterres added.
Soon came a much less-nuanced take on globalism.
“Geopolitical divides are undermining the work of the Security Council, undermining international law, undermining trust and people’s faith in democratic institutions, undermining all forms of international cooperation,” Guterres told leaders seated in the vast green and gold-draped General Assembly Hall.
“We cannot go on like this,” he added.
In addition to Russia’s war in Ukraine, the U.N. chief urged global leaders to address the looming climate crisis, gender inequality and extreme poverty. He pushed leaders to invest in policies that promote peace around the world.Advertisement - story continues below
“Trust is crumbling, inequalities are exploding, our planet is burning,” Guterres said.
“Let’s work as one, as a coalition of the world, as United Nations,” he added.