I often ask myself this question: where is our civilization going? The sun on the horizon? I don’t see it. On the contrary, the fog is everywhere and every day it gets denser. These days I feel really annoyed. It all started with the meeting of the G7 group: the 7 of the most industrialized countries in the world; self-proclaimed as such. When the group was founded, perhaps this was the case, but today we are very far from reality. Canada cannot be compared to China in almost anything, except perhaps in terms of the area the state occupies, but it is in the group while China is not a part. Immediately after that meeting ended, NATO, the military organization of Western countries, met. Once there was the Warsaw Pact, the socialist countries united around the Soviet Union. Today NATO is alone and it is not entirely clear to me what it is for. All these events acquired further significance with the presence of the new American president; the former was more concerned with the problems of his country than he was and that is why he was more sympathetic to me. In his time there were tensions with the Russians and the Chinese, but now we have reached the level of the Cold War of about fifty years ago. That Cold War culminated in the so-called Cuban missile crisis, when the world was on the brink of a nuclear war. It seems that the new American president wants to introduce us to a period like this.
What is the fundamental problem of the human race? They want to have fixed points, things they are sure of and that will not change: being a fixed point, they can be trusted, with certainty. One of the most common staples is religion. God exists because you believe in him and is a valid postulate without verification. It means you can always count on him. It becomes less important whether it exists or not. From these vertices something has come out that lately is very fashionable. Participants, almost all of them, said that our values should be defended and the NATO president said that the Chinese do not share our values with us. We have become the real selfish; only our things are important. Just kidding, we’ve always been like this. What are our values to which they refer, that is, the values of Western civilization. More or less they will talk about democracy, freedom and respect for human rights. We are here to defend democracy, Western politicians thunder. This is how Christian missionaries all over the world cried: we are here to transmit the word of God to you. Methods change because times are different, but the concept is always the same, and so is the final goal: to protect one’s own interest first. everything inexpensive, and take advantage of others as much as possible. Now in the West the fear is spreading that they may lose the leadership of the world that, objectively, they have had in the last fifty years. Now new strong players are coming into play, and this is scary.
China has become the West’s main opponent. True, they are also angry with the Russians, but the Russians don’t have such a significant global role, except in some parts of the world, which are even less important for now. The Chinese are everywhere: starting with the smallest and least developed countries in the world, to which they apparently lend generous assistance (mind you, I said apparently), and through all the major Western countries (shops, bars and some services are in the their hands), take a leading position in the field of technology (they have come further with 5G technology) and own more than a quarter of US foreign debt. Wherever you turn, they are there. In these days the European football championships have begun. Do you see advertising in the stadiums? I’m in Chinese. They advertise Hisense appliances; at least I concluded this way because I also saw the translated writings. I have their refrigerator in the house, vintage style. There are better ones, let’s say the Italian ones, but this costs much less. Even when I was little, it was said that the Chinese would rule the world. So what are we angry about, when it was already written in our destiny.
Someone is beginning to realize that the problems we have today are partly, but largely, our fault, we Westerners. Not us citizens, because no one asks us for anything, but the government that works according to the wishes of the economic magnates, of the multinationals. Remember that politics is only an extended arm of the economy. At the end of the eighties the production trend in underdeveloped countries begins. You open a factory in one of these countries and the workforce costs you a lot less and the profit grows. These countries gladly accepted foreign capital to get out of misery. One of these was China. Unlike others, China is a huge nation and the Chinese are hard workers, a people who are content with little. Over time they have begun to understand technologies, to work to improve them, to invest their earnings in the education of young people and today they are what they are. From exploited land (they paid an entrance ticket), they have become a competitor. Thanks to Western capital. While large companies exploited work in underdeveloped countries, to the detriment of domestic work, it was to their liking and they did everything to globalize the market, to simplify the import and export of goods as much as possible, preferably free of duty.
We also pay part of this, because the standard has been falling for years, because the amount of work has decreased, and wages are lower than before. And now we seem angry with them. I am angry with ours, especially because of the widespread hypocrisy. An attack on undemocratic China is just an excuse; they don’t respect our values. We are for democracy, but only when it suits us. When it doesn’t go well, we’re willing to change our minds. Do you remember the Arab Spring, a period in which numerous Arab peoples in the Mediterranean area rebelled against their ruling classes? The dictator Mubarak fell in Egypt. Applause! Democratic elections were subsequently held. Applause! The election was won by the Muslim Brotherhood, a fundamentalist religious party. No applause, with a few covert whistles (in the end, everything took place democratically). Then the military leadership organizes a coup and comes to power, which was a grossly undemocratic act. Silent applause! It could not have been the noisy ones (as they essentially were), because it would have been understood that we had deviated a little from our right path. Let’s be honest: the main value of the West is money. Everything else depends on the currency.
I don’t know how you see this world; I don’t like it at all. Somehow it all comes out like when you walk into an online casino. You are right, you do not enter but log in. It all depends on luck, if you go out without pants or your pockets will be full of money. Mostly that first thing happens. The world is always conceptually the same. People, culture, languages change, and technology frees people from hard work every day, but the relationship between those who have wealth and those who help them acquire them is always the same: the poor always need a little bottle of Vaseline (a good rock concert, a soccer match, getting drunk in company…) so that they could continue their sad life as much as possible. Better that of the revolution; you can die there, and when it’s over, everything goes the old way, albeit with a new approach.