It is impossible to know to what extent the peoples of the earth are now interconnected, as Globalisation has become a present reality for most of earth’s inhabitants, largely thanks to the dawn of the ‘jet’ and ‘computer’ ages. Our economies are more entwined than at any time in history: good in some ways, bad in others. What happens in Japan, for example, can affect Canada and Bolivia as well. The rich Western nations are some of the greatest consumers of raw materials the world has ever seen; but other industrialized nations, especially Japan and China, are close competitors, and may soon surpass the Western nations. At the rate humanity is consuming the earth’s natural resources and polluting the planet and its atmosphere, is it any wonder people question our collective future? Yet, ‘progress’ marches on.

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