More hits on this blog, with ‘intellectual enquiries’ from China – than from anywhere else.
China ‘cushions world slump’. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7177397.stm
We maybe somewhat alike in thinking, with the (modern) advantages of understanding fully ‘secularism and humanism’.
No doubt, the many outstanding ‘Human Rights’ questions in China will be solved by ‘International Pressure’ over time, which may not be possible with the ‘more entrenched’ (psychologically) abuses that exist in (some) Western Countries. I hope the Chinese can forgive us for our appalling conduct of the opium trade and wars.
A sore point, "How primitive is your culture (country)"? 50% of Americans think that they were ‘created’ as they are now and 87% believe in God.
"In every primitive (anthropological anomie/anomy – anomic, bricoleurs or Bricolage and pre-logical) tribe we find the medicine man in the centre of society and it is easy to show that the medicine man (sometimes: a leader, politician, doctor, celebrity or royal – one who knows what is best for all others) is either a neurotic or a psychotic or at least that his art is based on the same mechanisms as a neurosis or a psychosis. Human groups are actuated by their group ideals, and these are always based on the infantile situation. The infancy situation is modified or inverted by the process of maturation, again modified by the necessary adjustment to reality, yet it is there and supplies those unseen libidinal ties without which no human groups could exist. The medicine men are the leaders in this infantile game and the lightning conductors of common anxiety. They fight the demons so that others can hunt the pray and in general fight reality." Geza Roheim, ‘The Origin and Function of Culture’.
"Through time… there emerges a power, held and manipulated perhaps by a priest, a warrior, a manager, or a charismatic madman who just happens to be the genealogical leader of the largest kin group in the now heterogenous social fabric. The power itself represents a quantum leap over anything previosly weilded, but it is a long time before the weilders of the new power realize its full extent and possibilities. Far from being a conscious creation of naturally power hungry psychological types, it is at least as probable that the power developes more rapidly than the abilities of its handlers". ‘The Evolution of Political Society’ Morton Fried – Ref, ‘The Domestication Of The Human Species’ Peter Wilson.
Three-quarters of the teachers felt they had an obligation to alert their pupils to the dangers of patriotic sentiments.
Only 9% of teachers thought schools should actively promote patriotism. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/default.stm
"Global interconnectedness is lethal against mass religion and ideologies". Ref, see, Memes and Memetics.
Or, "Global interconnectedness is lethal against mass religions, nationalism, racism and other ‘destructive memeplexes".
Riven by class and no social mobility – Britain 2007. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,2195560,00.html
Oh, "What we could of had if the silly buggers had not taken us to war"?
Conducted in such an appalling manner, mostly by the sit at home authorities, Foreign Office UK. Ref, Secret Rendition. Public Hero, Derek Pasquill. "Derek is an extremely brave individual. At huge risk he got government policy out, it was legitimate to put it in the public domain. There is an argument that this was a debate which should have been heard in public." The decision to charge Mr Pasquill led to accusations authorities acted because they were more worried about embarrassing revelations than protecting state secrets. He had to wait 20 months for a resolution! http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7179247.stm