Leave your language bubble
Written by Horst Grabosch
There is a longing among many people for harmony between cultures. They post on social media their concern about global warming and look for like-minded people to form a worldwide voice of global responsibility. They advocate for diversity and tolerance and want to open up to a new world. But their voice remains unheard outside the closed bubble of their mother tongue.
It is not only a pity for the good message, but also reassures the despots so that they can continue to use the weapon of xenophobia against their people. Despots fear nothing more than global networking of the downtrodden. As long as foreign powers still support their power for geopolitical reasons, they have nothing to fear. But when xenophobia is replaced by empathy in the supporting countries, the general global mood tilts, and this mood is a power.
Sometimes approval in one’s own language area is enough to feel good, or to have a basis for getting along, but a global cause must also show global behaviour in order not to become untrustworthy. Of course, there is a little xenophobe in all of us, but we should now put him in his place with the means of the digital world. The big companies have already done their homework and are playing the whole world. In the process, they are creating new bubbles for us, in which we feel perfectly comfortable – at least take a look outside your bubble, maybe you will find even greater fulfilment there.