Middle Class Is The Saint Of The World

I think the middle class is the saint of world economy.  Middle class’ population is always going to be more abundant than the top 1% and 2% elite classes’ populations of the world.  Why?  It is obvious that it will always be a lot harder and rarer for anyone to make to the top of the class, because the higher you go the more competition you have to face.  This means, it’s harder for anyone to make into the top 1% or 2% of the elite classes.  Thus, my conclusion on this point is that the middle class is the middle way and  the best way to attain the abundance of wealth.  Why?  The more people that are wealthy, the more people can spend the money to promote consumerism, consequently boosting businesses in our small world (i.e., globalization).

Basically, I’m not worrying how wealthier a top 1% or 2% elite class has gotten, but I’m more worrying about how poorer the middle class has gotten.  The middle class is the middle way, and it can either go up or down.  Going up is a positive movement, but going down can only increase the population of the poor.  The poorer people get, the more desperate the people are.  The more desperate people get, the more dangerous people are.  By dangerous I mean people can do just about anything to survive.

History has shown us that the heads of elite classes were guillotined just because the poor were abundant.  Someone got to take the blame for all of the sorrows in the world.  Within our history, the elite classes might not have been so ruthless, but their heads were severed from their bodies for being so wealthy.  Lands and wealth were confiscated by new power and sometimes were distributed in the wrong ways that would not elevate society in general.

Within our history, the poor had made wrong decisions that could shatter earth.  One perfect example would be Hitler’s rise.  I could be wrong as I’m not an expert in the history of World War II and Germany in general, but I think the poor elevated Hitler rise for they had believed in his positive persuasion of making Germany more prosperous in the time in which Germany was experiencing poverty and pessimism.  As we all have known by now that Hitler’s rise gave way to an earth shattering war known as World War II.  Millions of people died in such a war.  Roughly around 60 millions people were killed in WWII?

Can we blame the poor for their desperations?  I think not!  The poor don’t have a choice.  The poor have to take desperate measures so they can survive.  Desperation is not a choice!

I think the world will be better off if the middle class can be enlarged.  The larger the middle class gets, the smaller the number of the poor gets.  I think the elites will sleep better when knowing there will be less riots and less people will go after their heads.  Of course, their wealth will always be a big target for everybody no matter the state of the world is in, but at least they won’t see desperate people go after their heads as well.

How To Build An Empire

I’m no expert in world affairs at all, and I know little of what I’m about to spew.  Nonetheless, here I believe some of the things I’m about to expand in this blog post.  There were so many factors that had Europe gave way to the rise of the United States.  For an example, Europe was so divided in World War I and World War II, thus Europe was self-destructive in economics and military.  United States was an ocean away from the self-destructive Europe and entered World War II only after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941.  Perhaps, Europe was so self-destructive in which leaving United States and few other countries as the last countries standing?  After World War II, the world began to see clearly the forming of the two new superpowers, and these were United States and the Soviet Union.  Eventually, we all knew that the Soviet Union collapsed, leaving the United States as a sole superpower until the rise of China as now.

Regardless of how one believes some of the things that had given and may give rise to a nation, state, country, empire, and civilization, but I do think a rising tide cannot rise from nothing.  This means for a country to rise up, the country needs able human resources to find fuels, produce foods, create industries, invent ideas and technology, educate youths with necessary skills and valuable lessons of life in general, and so much more.  With a strong foundation to back a country, this may be just enough to give a country a chance to rise above all others.  Besides a strong foundation, a country needs to feel its purpose such as how to identify itself to the rest of the world for a specific purpose or purposes.  This means such a country needs a leader and able brains around such a leader and sub-leaders to push the rise of a country into a reality.  A tide cannot rise from nothing!  A rising empire has to be built on a strong foundation, and so a tide too must have been rising from something!

Remembering Roman Empire?  Roman Empire started out from an unknown small civilization.  This must have been the case, because many things were usually started out small and then grew larger.  Of course there was, is, and will always be an exception to the rule, nonetheless all babies must start from being small and then growing into adulthood.  This means Roman Empire was not an empire from the beginning.  Most likely, Roman Empire was begun with a strong foundation of a small state, and such a strong foundation had given rise to a strong Roman civilization.  With a stable and strong civilization, the Roman Empire was then sprouting forth.

History had shown us that the Roman Empire success was not the exception, because throughout history ancient people had built many rising empires just so they could see them empires tumbled and crashed into nothingness.  Some few lucky ancient empires were able to extend past influence into modern days through few elements and customs, but most ancient empires are no long exist.  Thus we all should know that empire is to be built and is to be destroyed eventually.  Nonetheless, no empire could rise from nothing.  Then again, ironically speaking, ancient empires had been risen from having nothing in the beginning, but I bet these ancient empires did start out with fiery will in civilization building.

I believe before an empire could be built, a civilization needs these elements in strong foundation building.  I expand as you continue to read on…

Building a strong foundation for an empire, a civilization needs to have a sizable population that live in a favorable geography, thus landmass size is also important but not the exception.  Nothing is exceptional, but many non-exceptional elements take into the account, together these elements can contribute in creating an exceptional event or phenomenon.  In our case, a rising empire may not need huge landmass size, because her people may be able to conquer the world through technology and whatnot.  Nonetheless, if another civilization which has greater landmass size and more resources to consume, this strange civilization may also be able to educate a population to be innovative enough to come up with the same technology or even better technology, and so landmass size and population factors do come into play as important elements that contribute to empire building, eventually.  The non-exceptional elements may be exceptional after all!

Besides a united sizable population and landmass size as the necessary elements but not the exceptions to have building a strong foundation for empire building, the innovation in reinventing and reforming a state/civilization is also very important to the building of a rising empire.  Without fear in absorbing knowledge and apply useful knowledge such as new important and useful technology, a civilization can catapult herself into a grander stratosphere.  We all know that good technology does provide opportunities for improving lives and whatnot.  In war, good technology provides means to victories in battlefields.  In economy, good technology provides means to efficiency, productivity and whatever else.  So on and so on…  Thus, I think as long a civilization can see her own mistakes and abandon such mistakes to accept the changes, this in itself is almost like creating a new technology, providing a chance for a civilization to revitalize.  Without failing in finding ways to reinvent and revitalize a civilization image to fit with time, such a civilization may have a chance in striving for empire building.

We don’t live in a perfect world, thus building an empire is not going to be all about having all the positives and none of the negatives.  This means as long a civilization is able to sustain the negatives and yet being stable still to take the advantages of the positives, eventually such a civilization may be able to build an empire.  I guess such a civilization needs to be more practical and less idealistic.  Once having an empire, such a civilization can then enjoy to be more idealistic in whatever.  Of course, having of too much of something may turn out to be just having too much of something to handle.  Being too ideal won’t lead to good ending in my opinion.  An empire can crash and tumble for being too idealistic in my opinion.

Although we all like to think that the impossible will stay impossible, thus Africa may never become her own empire in the future, but I beg to differ.  China was one of those poorest nations on planet earth in her humiliated time, and yet she is now a rising dragon and had lifted hundred of millions of her own people out of poverty.  United States was a colony and now is still one of the strongest nations on planet earth.  With the examples of China and United States, who say Africa will be forever poor and backward?  Just like anywhere else, Africa needs a spark of fire to begin to build the bricks of her strong foundation.  So, I believe nothing is exceptional, and yet the non-exceptional elements in combination can become rather exceptional!  Building an empire is not exclusive to one group of people or geography, albeit population and geography are the two necessary elements in building empire.

I had emphasized in — population, landmass size, technology, innovation, reform, absorbing necessary knowledge, letting go mistakes to accept changes, and balancing act of juggling between the practicality and ideal — as the necessary elements in building empire.  I also emphasized that these elements are not exceptional, but in combination these elements can generate exceptional phenomenon such as building an empire.  Of course, I had said that I’m not an expert in this field, whatever this field is, but I believe the things I mentioned could be just the things a civilization needs in building an empire.

Why building an empire?  In my opinion, an empire isn’t necessarily evil.  I don’t think greatness can come from a forever nothing, but greatness can be built from nothing!  Thus to build an empire is to build something great from having nothing, and how evil or holy an empire becomes is another story entirely.  Perhaps, the Roman Empire had left something great for the modern world to latch onto?  Perhaps, the Chinese ancient dynastic empires had left something great for modern world to latch onto?  Perhaps, the Egyptian Empire had found a place in our modern imagination?  Of course, all empires were, are, and will be built to last, but the truth is none shall last forever.  Regardless the lasting forever part, whatever left of awesome ancient empires might still be something of use for modern societies.  For an example, Chinese ancient dynastic empires’ technologies helped modern societies to innovate and build modern technology and societies (e.g., gun powder, compass, paper, printing press, etc…).  We could say the same thing about ancient Greece, India, and so on.

China’s Ghost Cities Are Myths?

As China becomes evermore wealthier, the world looks at China with envy.  Since I’m living in the United States, China is an exotic place to me.  Nonetheless, as the mainstream media prolifically and periodically publishes new stories on China, I’ve become evermore interested in China.  I notice though lately there are many negative news on China, because China is so complex.  On the one hand, China is getting wealthier, but on the other hand China is dealing with hosts of problems such as urbanization.  People say that by 2030 China might have another 250 million plus people who will live in the cities as the urbanization process is ongoing.  Out of 1.4 billion plus people in China in this moment in time, people estimate that roughly around 52 plus percentage of 1.4 billion plus Chinese is already being urbanized.  Anyhow, since China is urbanizing at breakneck speed, many cities in China are popping up really fast as if these cities are popping out of the thin air.  Some people begin to claim these new cities are ghost cities of China.  It seems like China can build up a brand new city within two to three years period.

The mainstream media loves to harp on China’s ghost city angle.  Nonetheless, I’ve noticed foreigners in China have been reporting on YouTube that China’s ghost city angle might be a shortsighted trend.  In the video right after the break, a man who’s traveling in China for years suggests that his first China’s ghost city is now fully populated and the process of populating this city took less than a decade.

In my opinion, in a country that is 1.4 billion plus people with breakneck urbanization, I think the Westerners like us should not be shortsighted to think that China’s ghost cities are plenty.  Nonetheless, in the video above, the speaker of the video says that Chinese and foreigner investors invest in China’s ghost cities so quickly — by buying up properties in these areas way before regular folks have their chance of buying dream homes for settling down — thus driving up the price of the real estate market in these so called ghost cities and preventing regular folks from being able to populate the so called ghost cities quick enough.  Nonetheless, in the video above, the speaker of the video says that even with such lagging development in populating the so called ghost cities in China, many if not all of these so called China’s ghost cities have eventually became populated and developed into full blown cities.  I think Westerners like us should take a closer look at China’s breakneck urbanization so we could be more insightful.  After all, China’s breakneck urbanization is happening at the insane rate that many people would say they’ve never seen something like this had been done at such a scale ever before in the human history.

Will There Be A Day That We Can Say POVERTY IS NO MORE?

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Picture of siblings living in extreme poverty in El Salvador. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Although the “Poor Us:  an animated history – Why Poverty?” video which I embedded in this post doesn’t have an answer which can address poverty of the world, it certainly does heighten the awareness of an interesting topic which seems to never be out of sight and out of mind of earthly citizens since the dawn of time.  The video cherry picked few well known historic events and myths to narrate the story of historic poverties.  It also touched on few near contemporary historic poverty events.  It does not actually providing enough insight into why we humans could not get rid of poverty, but it’s understandable since we humans could not find out how to get rid of poverty once and for all yet.  Nonetheless, it does raise a point in that it recognizes many people since the historic pasts have been knowingly acknowledged the idealism of — if everyone is rich, nobody would want to do the dirty works.  Is it an ideal to hold dear to heart by us?  I certainly hope not, because this ideal is so readily promoting that fews should rule and the rest should toil away as slaves.  I think, instead of holding this ideal dearly to heart, one must strive on to find a real solution to poverty even if there isn’t one, and only by doing this the world would be a much nicer home for us all.

As technology advances faster than I could dream, here come the ideal of having machines to do the humans’ dirty works.  Will this address poverty as the human timeline moves ahead?  Then there is a very real problem at hand, and this problem is not going to be easy to swallow.  Which?  I’m talking about the explosion of populations around the world.

China is implementing one child policy still, but the government there is having a second thought about this policy as its society is now facing the problem of having more men than women, in term of population wise in correlation with the stability of a society.  Everywhere else is living a higher standard than the historic pasts for healthcare had improved greatly, therefore peoples’ lifespan is now much much better.  In short, the world that we know today has a population that is much much larger than any population of the pasts.  The kick is that as we move ahead into the future, the world is striving to have even bigger population.  It is easy to understand why this is so!  It is so, because today living standard is not going to suddenly slip back into the medieval living standard (i.e., living standard of medieval period).  Of course, I did disregard about the possibility of having the world going insane, did I?  Such insanity would be another world war (i.e., nuclear war) and the likes.  Such insanity might destabilize the current growth rate of the world population, but it certainly will never be a solution to extreme poverty.  In fact, if such insanity and the likes to occur on our future timeline, only stricken griefs and poverty can be seen even more at large, around the world.  So don’t even bet on such insanity, OK?

My point is that, although living standard of today is higher, but poverty is still too real to ignore.  Perhaps, higher living standard might make life a lot harder for people who are living in extreme poverty?  You know, the saying goes that if you’re a millionaire, you might as well spend like a millionaire… I think higher living standard might put some strains on the people who are living in stricken poverty.

Another point I want to make is that as technology improves to the point that everything can be automated, machines might make humans become jobless bunches.  When there is a will there is a strength to deploy machines to do human works.  After all, efficiencies must be met and cost saving strategies must be carried out in order for any business to make bigger profits, right?  As the rate of growth of world population explodes, I think the advancing of technological automatons might become the double edge sword — it cuts to kill and it also slices to feed.

Please enjoy the “Poor Us:  an animated history – Why Poverty?” video right after the break.

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