The Asianists' Asia

The Asianists Asia The Yi Jing the Canon of Changes the ancient Chinese book of worldly wisdom describes life as nothing but conflict in other words life in all its forms cannot be sustained without conflict of all k

  • Title: The Asianists' Asia
  • Author: T. Wignesan
  • ISBN: 9788182531383
  • Page: 310
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Yi Jing the Canon of Changes, the ancient Chinese book of worldly wisdom, describes life as nothing but conflict in other words, life in all its forms cannot be sustained without conflict of all kinds, be it internal or external in nature This might sound like the unending bane of those who cannot reconcile themselves to a world without some hope of lasting peace, bThe Yi Jing the Canon of Changes, the ancient Chinese book of worldly wisdom, describes life as nothing but conflict in other words, life in all its forms cannot be sustained without conflict of all kinds, be it internal or external in nature This might sound like the unending bane of those who cannot reconcile themselves to a world without some hope of lasting peace, but an analysis of any given period in history would necessarily confirm this Taoist dictum Conflict, as everybody knows, engenders violence, whether extraneous as in natural disasters or brought on through the agency of self inflicted acts Here, in this issue, we re inevitably confronted by the choice of how individuals and nations, leaders and the led, oppressors and victims have had recourse to this basic elemental tool to wreak change in, for instance, self hood or national independence, both, by the way, in many cases being willfully chimerical pursuits If this state of never ending conflictual confrontation were limited only to the individual, we could see our way out of difficulty without much damage to the world at large Alas, this s not the case as we know only too well The greatest damage barring manifestations of Nature s growing pains is primarily inflicted by countries upon other countries Countries often form themselves into blocs of nations, either founded upon religious affinities and or ethnicities, or on the other extreme, based upon secular ideologies In some cases, weaker nations, either for the sake of protection or for fear of encroachment upon their internal affairs by overly protective interfering but self justifying nations, merely attach themselves to the benefactor bloc For the better part of Asia, the b te noire or nemesis during the past half a century or so has been America or rather that part of America which has traditionally concentrated power in the realms of high finance The world, however, has come full cycle in a little less than a century, all over again The catastrophic aftermath of WW1 thrust up Frankln D Roosevelt who took the most industrially powerful nation through the thirties Depression with his New Deal, and through nearly the subsequent American resolution of the world wide conflict by 1945 President Barack Obama is faced, as we all tend to recognize, by a similar predicament than half a century after the end of European colonialism, and, in the meantime, America has emerged as a combative and meddlesome neo colonially self protectionist nation America s institutionalized cult of violence has finally reaped ripostes of a nagging nature which may no be quelled by invading other countries, either by invitation or by ruse through pacts with partisan Asian leaders In short, America is right now in the process of losing all the merit it had garnered through its magnanimously victorious WW2 and post war Marshall Plan efforts it is very nearly becoming the whipping boy of the world without the collateral to bail itself out of the bad name that sticks on for good.

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