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Don’t Worry, India and China Are Not the New Superpowers
These days India and China remind me of the rich kids I used to know in school. Everyone would go on about how “rich” these kids were when in reality it’s their parents who were rich.
This topic of the Asian superpowers was recently brought up while I joined my Muslim roommate and his friend for a night time snack. They’re not super powers, I argued. If the United States were to place an embargo on China or India their economies would very quickly go to hell, especially China’s. Much like a rich kid they would end up on the street if Mommy and Daddy ever cut them off. They’re not much of a superpower if that’s the case. My roommate and his friend couldn’t help but agree. It’s all hype, I reassure them, you know how these Americans are.
Being a true superpower implies a certain level of autonomy or independence. It implies that you are not like a rich kid who depends entirely on the wealth of your parents in other words. These developing nations are not really super powers because they are still wholeheartedly dependent on the United States for wealth, and by that I mean all kinds of wealth like the profits that are a consequence of trade, but also intellectual wealth like ideas for technological innovations and design trends for all kinds of products.
One particularly dangerous problem plaguing Oriental economies, and preventing them from becoming self-sufficient, is that they have yet to learn how to share their wealth with one another. They have the notorious habit of being “savers”. This compulsive habit of preserving wealth may have worked during feudal eras, but in a modern economy money in a savings account is essentially a blood clot in the veins of an economy. When money comes into the country but isn’t properly redistributed throughout the economy the economic system remains perpetually dependent on importing external wealth in order to support itself; because blood isn’t being properly circulated blood continues to need to be injected in other words. This is why Oriental economies are completely dependent on trade; “trade” being another word for an allowance from mommy and daddy for doing your chores.
Their economic blood clots are worsened by their real estate investment practices: families will buy real estate for personal use and investment which they will hold for generations. As one of my Asian customers would say there’s no such thing as a “used” property in Asia. This causes a rapid depletion of real estate (residential and commercial), which causes prices to enter into a permanent trend of escalation (a problem which Asian investors are now causing in certain US cities, among other major problems they’ve provoked). This sort of inflation eats away at the worker’s available wealth and provokes an even more frugal and saving mentality, this time to save for an expensive home purchase.
Both real estate inflation and bloated savings accounts represent a tremendous blood clot in any economy; they’re a waste of wealth, because this wealth is not going towards stimulating real productivity and wealth redistribution in the economy the way that the purchase of products and services does. All of these problems together squeeze the Asian worker/consumer and their economies, resulting in such a stressful and competitive economic environment that it breeds further problems like increasingly low birth rates and of course suicides. While it’s true that people in the Orient have had their achievements, it’s also true that like children they don’t quite seem to know what they’re doing when it comes to running their own economies. The long-term viability and stability of any economy is really what defines it as “successful”. They have yet to prove that they are a true success.
So long as the people of the Orient fail to properly westernize their relationship with the West will always be like that of children with their parents. They will remain perpetually dependent in some significant way proving wrong the argument that they are superpowers. The parent might come to depend on the assistance of his child, just as we are dependent on their production labor, however that doesn’t make the parent dependent on the child the way the child is on him.
Western culture is unique and unlike the cultures of the Orient because of one important characteristic that sets Western culture and the Westerner apart. This characteristic results from the Roman concept of superacion. This very important concept is one which I talk about at length in my book.
The word superacion word comes from the Latin super meaning surface. It’s where the Anglo gets the word superficial. The Anglo also uses the word super as meaning to go above and beyond the ordinary (the surface), that being what the meaning of superar actually is. As a social concept superar means to go above the surface of who you are, to reach your highest potential. Peoples of other civilizations would also put into practice a similar notion of self-improvement; this of course enabled the development of their civilizations. However the Roman notion of this concept would go further than any others’ ever had.
The caveat to Roman superacion, and the one thing that differentiates it from that of others’, is that in order to go above the surface of who you are you would have to separate from and renounce your “barbaric ways”; that is to say renounce who and what you were originally born as. Part of this would naturally involve renouncing your ethnicity by renouncing the ethos of your people and replacing those with that of the Roman’s culture (Western culture).
Superacion was first practiced within the context of the Roman culture by one becoming “Latino” and becoming part of the Roman Empire. However later when it became a Christian Roman Empire the concept of superacion would now also involve renouncing one’s earthly ways. As the Christian faith would say be a part of the world but not of it. This exceptional form of superacion would have a liberating effect on man as well as on his intellect as he would no longer be bound to a world that is effectively limiting. This would make the Westerner different from any other ethnicity. This difference would enable him to achieve more and in different ways than the other ethnicities. The Westerner simply didn’t suffer from limitation the way that those still bound to materialism did. A culture of superacion enabled the Westerner to become exceptional. Exceptionalism being the result of achievement attained as a result of some kind of exceptional factor.
The people of the Orient continue to remain on the surface of who they are. In the modern day they may be severing themselves from their ethnicity and their traditions in a failed attempt to mimic the superacion of Western culture. However their efforts to mimic Western culture are more destructive than they are yielding of true superacion. The truth is no one can westernize themselves; they have to be westernized by a true Westerner. The Oriental people are left looking up at the sky to watch the flying westerners. They jump with all their strength however they cannot seem to find a way to fly the way the Westerner can or did in the past; they cannot manage to separate themselves from the surface and its limitations.
Seeing that the European immigrants to the United States were not always consistently and properly westernized (or in many cases they outright rejected Western culture and isolated themselves from it) I can’t say that I’m surprised that the American did not properly transmit Western culture and its values to their Oriental political and trading partners. They managed to teach them how to become efficient sweatshops for the West but not how to become self-sufficient adults and flying westerners, so to speak. Although I shouldn’t entirely blame the American since I’m pretty sure that the Asian would be hard-pressed to be able to let go of their ethnicity. It’s worth mentioning that the Latino was often of mixed ethnicity just as they are now. So it was much easier for them to superar in that “racial” sense.
Those who like to promote the irrational notion that the Oriental cultures are becoming the new world powers will do this for many reasons I’m sure. The reporters in the media will do this for the purpose of sensationalism; to make for provocative headlines that lure audiences. However media personalities as well as economic leaders may also be disseminating this false notion as a result of playing the role of mouthpiece for those who have a vested interest in propagating the notion that Oriental culture, along with its culture of unregulated free markets, labor abuses and economic disparity, is now a new reality in all of our lives. They do this in order to get us to believe that Western culture, and its values, are no longer dominating because the ways of the Orient have replaced it as a result of them being our new world leaders. This notion plays into the well-known trend of different cultural powers taking turns in leading the Western world. Essentially this claim serves as yet another argument against Western culture. Once again the barbaric European works to conspire against Western culture as he has done since the time of the Romans. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again the barbaric (unwesternized) European is and has always been the greatest enemy of Western culture.
The barbaric European has always viewed the Orient with envy. The European has always dreamed of partaking in the culture of economic exploitation and opulent wealth upon which the history of the Orient is built on. For hundreds of years the Orient gave the European the cold shoulder; he wasn’t worth acknowledging or forming trade relationships with. He was a barbarian whom they had little respect for. This is a view the European was well aware of.
The Roman culture long ago became Christianized and became the Western culture we now know; one that is generally opposed to exploitation and greed. And so Western culture was no longer a good cultural vehicle for the barbaric European to pursue his pent-up ambitions. The ambitious barbaric European has always seen this culture as an obstacle for realizing his exploitative aspirations. The Westerner has always known about this barbarian and his distaste for our culture; he has always made himself an enemy of Western culture and so for that reason we acknowledge him to be just that. Unfortunately in this modern day the Oriental has made himself a partner of this barbarian who has sold the Oriental on false Western culture in an effort to lure him and exploit him. The restoration of and the proliferation of true Western culture is the only defense we have against this barbarian, his power to deceive and his destruction.
When it comes to assigning the label of superpower to any country we have to take one thing into consideration first. A country’s greatest source of wealth is its people not its money or even its rate of productivity. The value of a nation’s wealth is ultimately calculated by the value its citizens add to the nation and to its economy. And that value is determined and defined by each and every one of us and the sacrifices we make to add value to ourselves. In the case of the Westerner who practices superacion that value is incalculable and unparallel in the world.
© 2017 Ariana Gonzalez Hernandez