The average American family is an amalgam of individual experiences, both from immigrant contributions as well as citizens born from revolutionary descendants.
The “American Family,” if there is such a collective, may have morphed into a global family because of our standard of living and easy access to information. This is true for most developed nationalities unless they are controlled by a dictatorial component or a restrictive dogma.
The Internet, relatively free access to information, television programs, instantaneous news coverage from anywhere and the ease of world travel today for business or pleasure contributes greatly to the advent of a global family.
The developing world’s families, however, remain more isolated and provincial mostly for lack of education, opportunities, stagnant economies, oppressive regimes along with a dearth of global information and mercantile connections, which, if available, widens awareness and lessens fear.
While it does diminish nationalism, I think globalization is a good omen for the future of humankind. Until we, as a global collective society, are able to see ourselves as one and part of All That Is, we will not be able to eliminate territorial and religious wars, tribal conflicts and ignorance that permeates the world of today.
The miracle of life is not the oneness of a global family, but the diversity within the oneness.