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The end of the American era and the passing of the torch to Asia is no occasion for celebration, no time to gloat. In a moment of international peril, when humanity might well have entered a dark age beyond all conceivable horrors, the industrial might of the United States, together with the blood of ordinary Russian soldiers, literally saved the world. American ideals, as celebrated by Madison and Monroe, Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Kennedy, at one time inspired and gave hope to millions.
If and when the Chinese are ascendant, with their concentration camps for the Uighurs, the ruthless reach of their military, their 200 million surveillance cameras watching every move and gesture of their people, we will surely long for the best years of the American century.
We are living in a time when free expression of thought and ideas are more abundant than ever before, when we are (mostly) free to think, say, and do what we think is best
The current state of discourse is being pushed on society by media. People are being divided and painted as 2d caricatures of eachother by them.
The American cult of the individual denies not just community but the very idea of society. No one owes anything to anyone. All must be prepared to fight for everything: education, shelter, food, medical care. What every prosperous and successful democracy deems to be fundamental rights — universal health care, equal access to quality public education, a social safety net for the weak, elderly, and infirmed — America dismisses as socialist indulgences, as if so many signs of weakness.
Could each of us be better bearers of such a worthy responsibility?
1Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. 2Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. 3For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. 4But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5For every man shall bear his own burden.
originally posted by: Kurokage
a reply to: RussianTroll
Russia is as corrupt and separate as the rest of the industrialised world is, which isn't a lot.
originally posted by: RAY1990
a reply to: zosimov
So I have to agree that we don't fully utilize the ability to disseminate information, we prefer to ignore yet during the 1700's liberal movements throughout the west these people were literally silenced, information was spread via underground news and the likes. Yet today they cannot silence us.
However people often don't care, Panama papers anyone? How about PRISM? For me its a bitter irony that our freedoms seemingly made us complacent, we're "happy" and life is easy. Nobody cares about dictatorships in the likes of Belarus. Our history in the west IS literally one of fighting the system, throwing off shackles and forcing change from the ground up.
So China is a top heavy governmental system, but we don't care. We like our cheap stuff and having an easy life. It's clearly deeper than that though. We are dismissive, we are a jaded people too often. Sarah is getting kicked out of her house for not paying rent? Too bad, I don't care if she just buried her mother... That's on her right?
Yeah we can be terrible despite having so much resources and availability, so much information we have access to. We can be better. I didn't want to touch on propaganda and group think too much because I didn't want a huge post, it's an important part of the discussion though.
Because all of our ancestors died at some point for us to have individualism and freedom. There'll always be the manipulators but the difference between say the 1700's and today is the knowledge to illuminate oneself and light the way for others is openly available. That fight for us was already won.
As individuals all we can ask is better of ourselves though. It's idiotic to align with a group because you think it'll bring better prosperity to oneself. History shows we'd be listening to a Piper.