THE FOREIGN RELATIONS MISHAPS!
As is well known, all industrially advanced countries that do not have sufficient oil, iron ore, copper and a various other raw materials now compete with each other politically as well as economically.This has resulted in a situation in which profit-oriented have-nots are essentially hostages to the haves, creating a foreign affairs dilemma for many nations, especially the U.S., for which there are no fast, easy solutions.
War, which has traditionally been the solution to such problems, is no longer an easy option. Having to deal with rogue, unfriendly nations that are major sup-pliers of oil or other critical resources makes the problems even more complicated.
Contemplating what this could mean for mankind on a short-term is not a pleasant experience. But the bright side of this dilemma is that it is forcing leaders to talk instead of fight, and is encouraging them to do the things they should have been doing anyway at least for decades if not centuries—and that, of course, is developing new benign sources of energy, creating new green products and developing a green lifestyle.
The optimistic view is that there is enough innate goodness in most of humanity that when the huge mass of ordinary people reach the mindset that things must change, and achieve the ability to force these changes on those in power, a universal morality that is rational, logical, practical and beneficial will emerge.
There are going to be many dark decades before that happens, but there is hope. In addition to wind and solar power there is also the probability that oil produced from algae and other green sources could supplement power needs until efforts to harness energy from nuclear fusion becomes a reality.
When oil is replaced by other energy sources, the changes that will occur in politics and economics could be as fundamental as discovering how to make and control fire.
In an odd twist of fate, the only profit-making competitor that is even more powerful than oil is pornography. It is easy and cheap to produce, and can be distributed around the world in one second, at virtually no cost.
It is only the wisest and the stupidest who cannot change!
***This blog was excerpted from my book: THE PLAGUE OF MALE DOMINANCE – The Cause and Cure!, available in ebook and printed formats from Amazon.com.
Boyé Lafayette De Mente has been involved with Asia since the late 1940s as a member of a U.S. intelligence agency, journalist and editor. He is a graduate of Jōchi University in Tokyo, Japan and Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona, USA. In addition to books on the business practices, social behavior and languages of China, Japan, Korea and Mexico he has written extensively about the moral collapse of the U.S. along with books on his home state of Arizona. To see a full list of his books go to: www.authorsonlinebookshop.com. Recent books include: CHINA Understanding & Dealing with the Chinese Way of Doing Business; JAPAN Understanding & Dealing with the NEW Japanese Way of Doing Business; AMERICA’S FAMOUS HOPI INDIANS; ARIZONA’S LORDS OF THE LAND [the Navajos] and SPEAK JAPANESE TODAY – A Little Language Goes a Long Way!