|Taken by yours truly in Thailand - April, 2012|
Which is impossible to me, because all people are subjective in their thinking.
And I acknowledge that the above statement I have made is entirely contradictory of itself, but that is my point precisely. I say this with the knowledge and view that each and every opinion, even on the same topic, is different. To become a uniformity would mean denying culture and language, and that's not something that people will willingly give up. There's the potential for more war right there. I'm imagining reactions from the United States of America if the dominant language were to suddenly become Swedish or Chinese. The bridge between "Western" and "Eastern" worlds has to be resolved.
Even if uniformity were possible, there are differing interpretations of the word uniformity. I'll use an example from a first year class debate - fast food (McDonald's). In each and every culture, countries generally have the same food McDonald's, but there's usually a cultural spin depending on the country. Australia are quite used to asking for sweet and sour sauce or tomato sauce with their food at . But France offers mayonnaise, Turkey offers onion rings, and quite a few European countries offer alcohol at McDonald's.
I myself was in Thailand for two weeks last April and found that KFC over there was a little more spiced - the locals would consider that mild.
Have any other experiences with fast food overseas? I'd love to hear!
Source: Nederveen Pieterse, J 2004, ‘Globalization: consensus and controversies’,
Globalization and culture: global mélange, Rowan & Littlefield, Lanham, Md., pp. 7–21.