Why Internationalism Matters in 2018

“Bringing together different cultures… is how we get better”

Internationalism matters in 2018 more than ever. It matters because of the divisive political rhetoric spewed by loud voices across the globe that would see us as a species close ourselves off from one another instead of coming together. Cries of protectionism, xenophobia, and autarky are misguided and misleading attempts to solve humanity’s problems. Internationalism bringing together different cultures and countries for a greater good is how we get better. It is through combining our mutual proficiencies and abilities that we can advance ourselves as a species. Embracing the beauty of other cultures, and sharing our own, leads to a richer and more united planet earth. We are all better for that. — Sam

“Today’s world operates as one well-oiled machine comprised of many different and unique individual parts”

Internationalism matters in 2018 because we have never been more connected to each other. Through globalization and technology, today’s world operates as one well-oiled machine comprised of many different and unique individual parts. In order to understand how the machine functions as a whole, we need to be cognizant of the role each part plays in making up the machine. With a looming nuclear war and growing tensions in the Middle East, the need to understand and respect internationalism has never been greater. — Alvin

“It is easy to get caught up in your own everyday routine with the assumption that your thoughts and actions do not have an effect on others”

I think internationalism matters because it is easy to get caught up in your own everyday routine with the assumption that your thoughts and actions do not have an effect on others. Internationalism forces us to see the bigger picture that is our world, along with the ways that we influence each other and are connected to each other. It is easy to lose sight of this when we keep to ourselves and fail to think critically about our values and actions. By being aware of the world around us, we will slowly be able to see the role we play in how the world works, and only then can we facilitate the change needed to work towards a better world for us all. — Niabi

“Regardless of beliefs, understandings, languages, and cultural differences, there is only one planet, and it is the place we call home.”

The actions of every individual country simultaneously impacts the global community, which is why internationalism is essential. In light of natural disasters, political discourse, and environmental degradation, countries need to collaborate to provide solutions and preventative measures for our challenges. Regardless of beliefs, understandings, languages, and cultural differences, there is only one planet, and it is the place we call home. Though we exist as individual nations, we must be united to foster a sense of global community and kinship. Internationalism can create a new world order that encourages every country to come together as a united whole, working together to find pragmatic solutions to the challenges we face. — Melissa

“Different religions, different races, different languages, different cultures all make up our own nation”

2018 is a year where we have seen unprecedented challenges to our internationalism. It is especially important to reaffirm values of internationalism domestically in a multicultural nation like Canada. Different religions, different races, different languages, different cultures all make up our own nation and we must ensure that every person is able to express their cultures and themselves to the fullest. In the last few years we have witnessed the erosion of basic values of tolerance, diversity, and inclusion. It is up to each of us, regardless of our own culture, to recognize the value of internationalism, create a solidified international community, and cultivate a unified world. — Jeremiah

“It gives us a sense of international community that fosters respect.”

Prejudice and discrimination are unfortunately present in our modern-day society. Like with many other things, we often hear the bad before we hear the good. Internationalism matters in 2018 because it gives us a sense of international community that fosters respect, where we welcome different cultures, religions, and backgrounds. It connects us by breaking down borders and barriers and allows us to learn more about other peoples’ unique experiences and beliefs. We become more empathetic towards others with what internationalism can teach us. — Rachel

“It is so important to unite instead of [dividing]”

As the world is increasingly becoming more global and every country’s doings has a larger effect on each and every one of us, it is more important than ever to realize how important internationalism is, especially in 2018. Gone are the days when we were all segregated and divided into our home countries. Now we have friends and family all over the world, we rely on products and services from all over, and we visit new places regularly. And so, as current event proceedings have a greater effect on everyone around us, it is so important to unite instead of letting that divide us and drive a wedge of anger and hatred between people. — Taylor

“We need to examine the underlying power structures that benefit from conflict.”

News come out almost daily about politicians threatening nuclear war, advocating outright discrimination, or proposing further neoliberal policies to widen the gap between rich and poor. It’s no wonder 2017 is widely regarded as a total downer of a year. An internationalist perspective is important more than ever in 2018. We need to realize that people are not defined by the arbitrary political boundaries of the countries they live in. We need take a hard look at how our own government contributes to issues both within our borders and around the world. We need to examine the underlying power structures that benefit from conflict. And we need to start getting serious about fighting oppression in all its forms. — Kevin S