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Posted on: Which is better: China or the USA?December 31, 2010, 10:05 AM
It's a wonderful sign of innocence to believe that everyone loves us. In the old jaded world-weary countries of europe whether or not everyone loves us is generally a matter of indifference, although in england they like to think that everyone likes them better than the americans and germans. Tragic.
Make love not war.
Posted on: Which is better: China or the USA?December 30, 2010, 09:21 PM
Perhaps 'being Western', if anything, is more to do with having a developed capitalist system and the concomitant secularised society - the separation of religion from state within a more or less 'democratic' framework, and the beliefs and ideas which take hold in such an environment. That's why China appears to be becoming more westernised, but has yet to work out the 'democratic' bit, and why countries run along the lines of fundamental Islamism could never be considered western - they define themselves in opposition to western decadence. No value-judgements here ... ( do we really have democracy in the west ?? ). We do seem to define ourselves or give ourselves identity by distinguishing ourselves from 'the other', and our beliefs are as much to do with justifying our intentions, and therefore our actions, as anything else - base-line of belief is: I'm alright and you're all wrong, squire. The Holy Roman Empire/Byzantine Empire distinction doesn't really work, as no one would exclude Greece from a list of western powers, and it was dominant in the Eastern Empire. Apologies for being pedantic, and looking forward to the Global Village.
Posted on: Come on up!September 15, 2010, 12:42 AM
To add ( in support ) - the greater part of language is based on metaphor, so in the final analysis it is the language of poetry which most closely approaches communicable truth; thus it can be said that systems are white sticks tapping the pavement.Damn. Is that the time ?
Posted on: Speaking with 跟 (gen) and 对 (dui)September 13, 2010, 08:29 PM
"Now here's our political correspondent Vernon Scrudge."
"Thanks, Zelda. Today the Prime minister said that - [ he would not tolerate opposition from the trades union movement, that it was not the voice of democracy, and that he would do all in his power to avoid the upsets of the decade preceding the Thatcher government. ] "