How far is it important for people to be aware of current events in countries other than their own?

Yes: Current events and developments in other countries present relevant issues to people, making it imperative for us to be both aware and responsive to them.

  1. Current events that arise or are unfolding in other countries may potentially undermine the well-being of a nation, making it important for its people to care about these issues and even direct their attention to resolving them as a matter of pragmatic self-interest.
  2. Some current events have moral implications which demand the attention of people everywhere on the basis of our common humanity. Thus, we have a moral obligation to address them, since ignoring them in favor of national issues undermines our own sense of human dignity and worth.
  3. Current events in other countries may be relevant to the meaningful interactions between nations and international institutions. Accordingly, it becomes critical for people in all countries to be aware of and address these issues as doing so facilitates the long-term viability and value of their own nation within the international community.

No: Current events and developments in other countries may be more relevant to their immediate societies and cultures, with less urgency for us to be aware or responsive towards them.

  1. Current events in geographically or culturally remote countries may have at most a negligible effect on the well-being of a nation, and it is comparatively less important or relevant to the lives of the people. Thus, being aware of such events would at best be a peripheral rather than core concern of the people.
  2. Current events in other countries may reflect unique ethical or cultural controversies centered on their own peculiar political institutions and practices. Such events would thus bear little relevance to people in other countries with radically different political histories and institutions, reducing greatly the need for them to be aware of these events and developments.
  3. Some current events are rooted in exploitative or disruptive interactions between several nations. People in nations that are uninvolved in the conflict may thus find it more useful to direct their attention and care towards other more immediate and relevant national concerns rather than expend personal, emotional or material resources unnecessarily on understanding these unrelated current events.