I may live in America, but the things I own say otherwise. I wake up and put on clothes made in Indonesia, then grab my backpack from Taiwan before going to class. I use pencils made in China and a laptop from Malaysia. I eat food grown in Mexico and order products online from India.
Not so many years ago, many of the things I own and use would have been made locally. Now, with the world becoming ever more connected, economies are becoming more and more intertwined. I see many benefits to this, but there are downsides as well.
When I was growing up in small-town Idaho, there was a unique pizza place and a family-owned auto repair shop. Now they have Pizza Hut and O’Reilly Auto Parts. The globalization of the world is weeding out the diversity in brands and shops; if it isn’t big enough to expand, it gets crushed.
Fortunately that is not always the case, nor are there only downsides to this trend. The interconnectedness of the world is bringing new products, new flavors, and new music to different parts of the world. I can go online right now and order spices from Ethiopia or chocolate from Indonesia. I can buy clothes from European designers or towels from Turkey. I enjoy having the world at my fingertips, and I wouldn’t change it for the world. And yet I’m still nostalgic for the little family shops of the older days.