Live it, Love it and Fall in Love
Nowadays we live in a world that enables to connect with different nations, cultures and religions whenever we want to. We can buy a plane ticket at any given time, we can log into the global online community and meet people from all over the world or we can go around the corner and taste the globalisation in form of sushi or kebab. This gives us great opportunities: an opportunity to study abroad, to work abroad and ultimately to fall in love anywhere in the world.
Despite the bad reputation that globalisation may have for so many people, Wendy Williams points out in her TEDxVienna talk that with boundlessness also comes the globalisation of love (GLOLO). People everywhere in the world overcome cultural obstacles, language barriers and long distances because they are in love.
Williams tells two stories to show what obstacles GLOLO couples have to overcome in their day to day lives together and why that is. The GLOLO missionary herself tells her experiences of dealing with these difficulties together and the hope her GLOLO child gives her for our future.
Date outside the Box
There are certain things that play a role in every person’s life no matter what their national or cultural background is. Some of us might say that they are the most important things in our life: love, death and of course: food. But the way we handle each of these things is defined by our cultural and religious framework, which sometimes can lead to big misunderstandings within our relationships. Williams mentions that while multicultural relationships may be more complex than monocultural relationships, each of these misunderstandings and little conflicts can be resolved by communication.
So when multicultural love leads to multicultural families and therefore to multicultural people, we can hope that these multicultural personalities or as she calls her daughter an ambassador for multicultural peace grow up in a world that teaches them that differences can co-exist and blend into each other and that multicultural people, growing up in a peaceful multicultural family will lead us to a peaceful multicultural world.
Is there finally a solution for World Peace?
Ultimately, what she is saying is that multicultural relationships are like microcosms in our multicultural world. So two people connected by love can become a fully-functioning, loving and peaceful microcosms. Which makes you wonder: Why can’t the world be a fully-functioning, loving and peaceful macrocosm?
Williams gives us the hope that the globalisation of love will also turn into a globalisation of peace. As each of these little intercultural microcosms proves, we can overcome these problems we are facing in a globalised world, because GLOLO shows us that we may be very different, but that does not mean that we are also not very much alike.