THE POWER OFPERSPECTIVE
Economists agonize about capital flows but often overlook the social disruptions, cultural clashes, or political changes that globalization brings. Radicals conjure visions of capitalism gone mad, while merging cultural norms escape their notice. Cyberprophets dream of unifying the world in webs of copper and fiber optics or networks of cell phones and spot beams but remain blissfully unaware of trends in global migration. Governments are chained to the national interest and power and miss the rise of global civil society. The surviving dot-coms and multinationals are so self-absorbed in technology and turnover that they miss the grandeur and power of globalization. Emanating from a clutter of narrow, functional, personal perspectives, the loud, emotional debate about globalization features poignant, "searing images of broken homes and closed factories" balanced by "ponderous examinations of trade flows," with digressions into human rights and depletion of resources, and a "dire catalogue of winners and losers."1 Lost in the narrow-perspective clamor for attention is the global perspective on humanity and the world that it inhabits.
People began to understand the notion of perspective late in the tenth century. The Arab mathematician abu-'Ali ab-Hasan ibn-al-Haytham (939??1039) first recognized that objects radiate light to the eye in cones emanating from each point of the object. The larger angles subtended by the cones of light from near objects obscure those from farther objects within the cone of sight (perspective) of the viewer. The effect of bringing objects nearer is that of narrowing the visual perspective of the viewer. This notion of a cone of light rays emanating from each point of an object is the foundation of the idea of perspective. Perspective moved visual art into the third dimension, lent mobility to music, and projected thought across space and time. Although art and science quickly translated perspective into technology and technique, more profound was the change in human attitudes towards living and existence. Perspective challenged peopleU+027s self-perceptions as fixed objects manipulated in some cosmic scheme of absolute, eternal truth and perfect order. They began