posted on Apr, 27 2013 @ 11:32 PM
reply to post by HomoSapiensSapiens
Okay, dude. Your post is asking if there is a certain pride point, that has negative attributes like Nazi Germany, that might actually guide a country
forward. Here's the thing: it doesn't matter.
At some point, you just stand back and look at the math. You look at the politics. When you see that there are people, like Bill Gates that have more
money than small countries - when you see that there are corporations with more money still, when you see them operating internationally, you see the
picture of the world. The choices small African countries have is whether to sell their resources to China, US, or some other big power.
Often, they don't have that choice - its made by unaccountable leaders.
So the real issue is that the world is just too interconnected at this point for anything like a racial/nationalist narrative to shape anything. At
least that's my view of the situation.
edit: And here's another thing - there is this "first, second, third" world narrative from the western world that promotes the idea that Africa is
part of the "developing" world, and they are "behind us", and will end up with a society like ours from a few decades ago in a few more decades. Its
the same thinking that leads North Korea to try to "catch up" with the US in terms of nukes - useless weapons in this connected world. Yet the
countries that really lead aren't trying to catch up with any one - they are looking at the hard science, and plotting their own way forward. There
are countries in Africa NOW that are promoting a bicycle centric culture, and therefore really are positioning themselves for cultural leadership in a
world that is running out of fossil fuels. Meanwhile those who think they are "catching up" will find themselves at the pump with $14 a gallon gas,
wondering how they can fill up their 8 MPG 57 Chevy's to live their 1960's America culture. Its an illusion, its useless to chase after the courses of
development that played out in US, Germany, or any other such country. Many of these "first world" countries are looking at collapse - the wise are
looking at the future plotting their own unique course.
edit on 27-4-2013 by tridentblue because: (no reason given)