Nov 05 2008

Insights on trade from Martin Luther King, Jr.

Published by at 4:20 am under Philosophy,Trade

Some profound insight on the interdependence of all men from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr:

“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality. Did you ever stop to think that you can’t leave for your job in the morning without being dependent on most of the world? You get up in the morning and go to the bathroom and reach over for the sponge, and that’s handed to you by a Pacific islander. You reach for a bar of soap, and that’s given to you at the hands of a Frenchman. And then you go into the kitchen to drink your coffee for the morning, and that’s poured into your cup by a South American. And maybe you want tea: that’s poured into your cup by a Chinese. Or maybe you’re desirous of having cocoa for breakfast, and that’s poured into your cup by a West African. And then you reach over for your toast, and that’s given to you at the hands of an English-speaking farmer, not to mention the baker. And before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world. This is the way our universe is structured, this is its interrelated quality. We aren’t going to have peace on Earth until we recognize this basic fact of the interrelated structure of all reality. ” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1967


About the author:  Jason Welker teaches International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement Economics at Zurich International School in Switzerland. In addition to publishing various online resources for economics students and teachers, Jason developed the online version of the Economics course for the IB and is has authored two Economics textbooks: Pearson Baccalaureate’s Economics for the IB Diploma and REA’s AP Macroeconomics Crash Course. Jason is a native of the Pacific Northwest of the United States, and is a passionate adventurer, who considers himself a skier / mountain biker who teaches Economics in his free time. He and his wife keep a ski chalet in the mountains of Northern Idaho, which now that they live in the Swiss Alps gets far too little use. Read more posts by this author

4 responses so far

4 Responses to “Insights on trade from Martin Luther King, Jr.”

  1. Chris Hoferon 07 Nov 2008 at 3:39 am

    This post really puts things into perspective. In the current global economic crisis, nations tend to think solely of themselves. Though this is somewhat expected and understandable it tends to cause more problems as “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” Bitter disputes and war is not the answer. Each region should look to build each other up rather than tear one another apart. If each person, organization and nation would view themselves as citizens of Earth rather than citizens of individual countries, separated by both physical and cultural barriers, we could work together to find resolutions that would not only solve our economical problems but prevent future conflicts.

  2. Justus Poeschlon 07 Nov 2008 at 5:48 am

    Martin Luther King and Obama both had a dream, which was to unnify a country that has been split for alont wile in two. Lots of different cultures live in the US, not always being seen as American. Martin Luther King in his time already tried to fight the racism agains the blacks, however he was killed before he saw his dream become reallity. That Obama was voted is a clear sign against racism. Obama wants that everyone in his country not matter, where there roots lay to be seen as American, which he succeeded in. Obama has unified America for the first time in years from the inside, which he will need, seeing the huge problems he is facing. In the time of the financial crisis, he will need everyone behind him and I really hope he can do it and that he won't get shot, like Martin Luther King, because racists still exist everywhere in the world. Only by working together, you can be successful.

  3. Nicholas s.on 07 Nov 2008 at 6:01 am

    The worlds Economies are interconnected, even communist countries depended on the trading between each other. We have learnt that trade benefits countries and is based on Comparative Advantage. This connection is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand we benefit from the advantages of trade as trade improves global efficiency in resource allocation, trade allows partners to gain from specializing in the producing those goods and services they do best, and trade allows consumers to benefit from more efficient production methods. Further befits stretch as far as the idea that countries that depend on one another are far less likely to enter confrontations. On the other hand it is not always advantages to become overly reliant on other nations; “if America sneezes the rest of the world catches a cold” is a quote that illustrates an almost too real example of how dependent and how influential certain economies are on the global economy.

  4. Martin Ruefenachton 07 Nov 2008 at 8:47 am

    As Chris said, it puts things into perspective, however its not only countries that would think of themselves, but also people. This is however not the right way to go, because as said by Martin Luther King Jr everyone is connected. Therefore we should try to make everyone better off, because then we are all better off and the individual is better off as well.