Review of “Global CITIZENSHIP:
A Path to Building Identity and Community in a Globalized World”
by RON ISRAEL
First things first: Ron Israel tells us why he wrote this book. Basically he is a man who has always been aware of, and perhaps consumed with, a focus on the fact that we are citizens at once of both our local community and, at the same time, part of the larger community that surrounds us (state, region, country and the world). Thus his motivation in writing “Global Citizenship” is clearly stated in the Introduction:
“It seems, early on in a new millennium that we can answer these questions in a very meaningful way; that we urgently need to answer them given the state of uncertainty, conflict, and suffering going on in the world; and that we now have the technology and communications needed to stitch us together into a world community to which all people can belong, if we want to go there. This book is betting that there are lots of people, young and old, interested in making the journey.”
The reviewer first become aware of Ron Israel when he shared his original song, “Consider Poor Haiti,” which was included in “Potentially Beneficial Concepts:” at the ABC4All Portal for Relief. "Consider Poor Haiti" - original song by Ron Israel composed BEFORE the earthquake hit! Published: January 20, 2010: Lead Author: Ron Israel
His song was also submitted to “Panorama” on the Taking IT Global Website, where it was accepted for publication:
a TakingITGlobal Magazine
February 2010: Haiti in our Hearts
Photograph, Haiti Earthquake, by Marco Dormino/ The United Nations, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License.
“The earthquake in Haiti has seen thousands lose families, friends and colleagues and suffer serious injuries and emotional trauma. A humanitarian crisis is unfolding before our very eyes: food, clean water and medicine are not reaching all who need them on time and fear and uncertainty prevail. These, together with unsanitary conditions, threaten to increase the number of casualties and the suffering. In the face of this tragedy, immediate action is needed; we are also called upon to act ethically, with the long-term implications of our actions in mind.”
Consider poor Haiti, she's got nothing to lose,
Here is one ABC4All Mentor's response to "Consider Poor Haiti:"
"After all said and done, we hope that people all over the world will rise up to the needs of our lovely people in Haiti. Sincerely my heart cries to these precious people and how the international community can help those that made it through this trying period in that country.
"However, it is only important to note that the place of prayers too is very expedient and cannot be ignored. Let us all pray for the country and also pray against a recurrence of this kind of devastating situation. I couldn't really look at the pictures because my heart failed me. As we in our private time pray for his nation, God will send help from places we least expect and we will all smile at last.
"God bless the world international community!
"God bless the people of Haiti!!
"God bless ABC4All!!!"
-- Oluyeye Bimbola (Nigeria)
Message from Ron Israel:
"Consider Poor Haiti is a song meant to draw attention to the need to embrace Haiti as part of our world family; that she is an often overlooked sister and brother whose people now greatly need our help and support."
Here is the iReport Link and text sent by Ron Israel to CNN:
Dear CNN ---- I am a singer/songwriter and also do international development work. After a recent visit to Haiti, before the earthquake, I wrote this song ---- "Consider Poor Haiti." It seems particularly appropriate right now.
I'm attaching an MP3 file and a lyric sheet. Please feel free to use either to help illustrate your outstanding coverage of the Haiti earthquake disaster.
The original song Ron Israel shared tells us a lot about who he is. Clearly he is a man of the world. That he had written the song BEFORE the earthquake struck illustrates his independent focus on the Haitian (human) community, but at the same time, “as part of the world community.” So we are immediately aware that his focus is not limited just to local issues.
So together with Ron, we can consider poor Haiti, and at the same time we can consider Haitian Citizens as part of the global community of the world at large. A dynamic illustration that each and everyone of us is capable of caring for humanity and acting accordingly while focusing on, as in this case, a tragic national disaster affecting one country, Haiti:
Consider Poor Haiti
Music and Lyrics by Ron Israel
Consider poor Haiti, she's got nothing to lose
Hanging around, lost and confused
Consider poor Haiti, what's she gonna do
She's looking at me, like she's looking at you
Consider poor Haiti, feeling left out
Party time, she's not up and about
Consider poor Haiti, she's one of us
How come no worry, how come no fuss
Consider poor Haiti, she ain't doing well
But from up here it's hard to tell
Beneath the radar, behind the train
Consider poor Haiti, in so much pain
Consider poor Haiti, she can't get her way
No one is listening to what she has to say
Neighbors ignore her, friends run and hide
Who's gonna stay by Haiti's sweet side
Who's gonna stay by Haiti's sweet side
The symbol of the Country of Haiti could be extrapolated to suggest that such a focus can be for any location in the world. True, in this case, there is a focus on globalization and Global Citizenship while at the same time, there is a particularly poignant emphasis on the aftermath of a natural disaster and how it has affected our views of Haiti and the world at large.
In the early development of ABC4ll, the concept of “Dual Global Citizen (DGC)” was created: http://abc4all.net/dgc.htm: Working to Create Relief in the World!
To All People in All Communities,
It is possible to become a better community for all who reside in a particular locale.
A “Dual Global Citizen™ (DGC)” can share more or one can visit the website of A Better Community For All (ABC4All): http://loa.ABC4All.net.
All members of the Human Race will experience birth, life and death. Our spirits, akin to those of our ancestors, parents, and community, help to mold and shape our personalities, goals and health. So, as humans, we all share similar needs and will interact with our environment and with those around us in order to attempt to meet those needs.
This is a time when so many aspects of our world need healing, let alone the need for improvement in living conditions for all human beings who are born, who live and who have the span of their lifetime end. The Potential for Cultural Unity MUST be explored: http://abc4all.net/culturalunitypotential.htm
It is fair to conclude that, literally, survival requires MANDATED ACTION for "What the World Needs Now." Therefore, any community throughout the world can stand ready to be exposed to a Dual Global Citizen™ (DGC) who will introduce these concepts to the benefit of all alive who wish to be receptive.
Global CITIZENSHIP goes a long way towards establishing a worldly focus in the context any local concern. The meaning and implications of global citizenship are well-researched and documented in “Global CITIZENSHIP.” The lifelong passion for focusing on the transition the world inevitably has to make towards globalization by the author is helping create a reminder for us to keep in mind both local and global perspectives.
Burton Danet, Ph.D., is Founder of The Legacy of ABC4All.