There is much to worry about in the world today, 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, which should give us reason to pause and consider what the long-term, persistent and negative consequences of the cultural shrinking of the world actually are.
Politically, the assumption has been that more contact between peoples, more connectivity between governments and more convergence between civilisations are not only unavoidable but also beneficial for humanity.
The present fear of the Ebola virus, just as with the SARS virus several years ago, stems from the stark reminder of the modern vulnerability that diseases that would have stayed where they were in the old days now threaten the world because contact between individuals from opposite ends of the world happens so readily, and easy travel allows diseases to traverse the globe within hours.
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