As countries around the world are trying harder to modernize and become more prosperous, the modernity will no longer be something the developed countries can keep secret. As developing countries get wealthier, the more money these countries got to expand operations of all sorts. Thus, the demands for a more connected world will become even more urgent. I think any country which decides to shut-out the world as we’re moving into the future would become a perfect case study of how not understanding the real trend which could lead to a disaster on a national scale.
So, I mentioned that the urgency for a more connected world is very real, but why is it the case?
For an example, China is growing ever stronger and bigger, and historically no other country could achieve China’s scale of rapid growth in term of economic prowess in a short duration in history. Furthermore, China can no longer depend only on a few big countries to supply Chinese economic thirst, and so China is planning to expand economic operations across the world through Belt Road initiative, going abroad strategy, building up Africa while extracting African minerals, and so forth. Only through opening China’s economic doors wider, the Chinese could make their economy more resilient.
To achieve of opening up economic doors for more connectivity from outside-in and inside-out, the Chinese government is probably going to encourage the world to be even more connected. In this way, the flow of money can fuel and keep the Chinese economy growing. As the world is ever more connected and as long the Chinese production prowess is humming along strongly, China can export goods without slowing down too much. As the Chinese people are getting wealthier, they are going to splurge their wealth abroad and at home, further fueling the flow of money within the connected world.
I think China understands that by helping developing poor neighbors and farther away countries, China can grow friends, respect, and business opportunities. Wealthy friends can always have real money to splurge on your goods. This will keep China’s export market strong. Besides exporting goods, China is modernizing other branches such as technology, science, military, culture and so forth to keep China strong and China’s economy healthy.
Somewhat long, but China is one of a very good case to explain why the world is still going to be very connected, and this will probably be the case for a foreseeable future. Not only China, but other developing countries are racing ahead to develop one’s own country, and so our future is all about being more connected to create more opportunities and more of sharing experiences for learning and advancing and innovating.
In such a world, supremacy is going to be a very hard thing to achieve. It will be a much more competitive world. Thus I predict that our future will be either very competitive or very lazy — because automation will out-compete humans, but this is another story within the whole mix all together.
I think we will continue to see big, powerful countries such as China, United States, Russia, and so forth dictate terms to the world in our competitive, hard to achieve supremacy future. Nonetheless, these powerful countries won’t be able to supremely dictate terms in an ultimatum manner easily as we’re moving forward into the future. More countries are going to be more prosperous, and so their demands and ambitions will grow too. These countries won’t easily be swayed by supreme might, and these countries can try to play nice with China and Russia to fend off the United States’ aggressiveness or vice versa.
In a more connected world, I think it’s supremely stupid for any single entity to try to declare something as we’re supreme! I predict China won’t announce to the world that they’re the baddest and strongest, but instead we will see a China which will use actions to demonstrate power while silently signaling that they’re the baddest and strongest. So, in a way, I think China will try to achieve supreme without becoming a Hitler. Thus, China will try to win more friends instead of invading them.
If you have heard something about the Chinese history, then you probably have heard of a tributary system that sometimes worked rather well for the ancient Chinese dynasties. This tributary system might make a comeback. Because, if the modern China becomes the baddest of us all, China might just as well modernize some of the features within a tributary system to achieve the Chinese futuristic ambitions. I think the Chinese love to look back into what worked well within the Chinese, and non-Chinese histories to guide their ways toward the unknown future. Thus, I don’t think China will repeat Hitler’s mistakes.
Through Belt Road Initiative, China will build more friends and grow a modern tributary system in the long run. I don’t think the soon to be baddest China will declare supremacy but will try to encourage a more connected world to respect a stronger China. A more connected world means any entity which tries to declare supremacy and go solo will face a very strong headwind. Also, any entity which tries to look inward and ignore the connected world all together will face backwardness and isolation.
In a very connected world, the rest will rise, and any single entity which tries to use racism as a fuel for strength will face the utter destruction. By this I mean a connected world will have a near zero tolerance for racism. So, I think as the world gets ever more connected, whatever movement that promotes racism will become the next Hitler and will face a certain doom. In a more connected world, racism will become the ideal of the cavemen.
I could be wrong about everything because in Hitler time the world had gotten to be quite connected and yet Hitler was able to use supreme ideology to recruit believers and enlarge his army. If I’m not wrong Hitler believed in a pure race (i.e., his race), and he encouraged his army to eradicate Jewish people/faith. In Hitler time, people got cars, radios, television, cruises, airplanes, telephones, and other modernities. Thus, Hitler’s time was also a very connected world. Still, as I mentioned previously, Hitler was able to promote racism and genocidal practices.
Basically, the future is very unpredictable, but I like to believe in facts. The facts tell me that the second Hitler won’t have an easier time than the first to go to promote and achieve supremacy. The facts tell me that racism would be an unwise thing to be promoted in the future. Whoever practices racism will find only doom in the future! Facts tell me that not everyone will be the winner of a future, but many will become ever more prosperous, that is if we know how to not let automation/AI ruins us all and use automation/AI as only the tool and not as our master.