Death Is An Illusion

String theory is a complex subject, and I’m not sure I would care to understand it at all.  Nonetheless, one memorable thing I’ve remembered of string theory is that the theory has mentioned how the string would vibrate.  What on earth is a string theory?  Like I said, it’s scientific, theoretical stuff, but scientists have been studying and forming and shaping this theory to try to explain the physics of the universe that we’re living in.  Regardless what a string theory is about and how grand it is, I’m not going to talk about it in this blog post beyond what I’d already mentioned of it.  Instead of talking about the string theory, I like to talk about the vibration.

What on earth?  Let me assure you, we’re not living on Mars.  I had this eureka moment today on vibration, and I was so excited.  I’m still excited about this whole eureka moment on vibration.  Instead of trying to be all that scientifically sound as in string theory, my idea of vibration is that even in death, death is vibrating.  Let me expand this a little more before you even know what I’m trying to get at.

Before you even open your eyes in the morning, in sleep you breathe and snore.  You’re vibrating pretty much in sleep!  The rhythmic breathing you breathe in sleep vibrates for life.  As you open up your eyes in the morning, the sunlight (daylight or any sort of artificial light) vibrates for your eyes, and you see life.  The molecules within your morning coffee vibrate for your taste.  The sounds that you hear from the wind, trees, birds, and whatnot vibrate for your hearing (ears).  Even the symbolic smell of happiness vibrates for your successful, gratifying life.

When you see someone is passing away, you would think in death the deceased would cease to vibrate.  That is not the case at all.  In death, the deceased’s body would have experienced countless vibrations that dictate how a body would be decomposed.  Even when someone cremates the deceased, the deceased’s ashes would vibrate to keep the ashes in the ash form.  Tiny atoms that make up a single grain of ash vibrates throughout, keeping the memory of a deceased alive in life.  Death is an illusion to life, because even death is alive (vibrating) when dying.

It’s common sense, scientifically or not, that tells me everything is vibrating in the universe we’re living in.  It’s common sense, scientifically or not, that tells me nothing is truly dead (not vibrating).  When something is truly dead, it won’t vibrate at all.  Nonetheless, I’m not sure you can find something that is not vibrating.  Simply put, our universe’s dictionary does not have a word for non-vibration or lifeless.  Simply put, from the thought of non-vibration, we’re already propagating the vibration of life.  Perhaps, thinking very deep to the point of confusing oneself, string theory, indeed, is onto something, right?

Advertisements

To Fly Or Not To Fly, It’s One’s Own Decision (Poem by Vinh Nguyen)

Just another poem I’d written thus far.  Enjoy!!!

Here I spread my wings, preparing to fly,
by my side, she felt dire,
I asked her “My dear, are you ready to fly?”
she said “Why, me why?”
I told her “It’s a different world up high,”
but she said she got a different world inside,
I asked her “Why don’t you fly?”
She said “You don’t know me inside,”
my wings were spreading wide,
her wings were nowhere in sight,
to up high I flew high,
staring down, seeing her looking up at the sky,
finally, her world and mine were different in height,
but I could feel she was so happy inside,
thus I knew I was forcing her inside,
one should only fly when wings spread wide,
otherwise one could be just all right!
Her world and mine were never meant to collide,
my wings spread wide up in the sky,
she ran hard on the ground just to see me flew up high,
I flew hard and mighty high,
she ran hard with a hearty smile,
it was me forcing her inside,
but she was fine all along, on the ground and inside.

Is It Wise For The United States To Pivot To China?

Is it wise for the United States to pivot to China?  This question is so important in our young century, because we’re talking about the conflicts of the two most powerful nations of today time.  Once again, I like to use ancient history to reveal what we might face in the future.  Of course, ancient history doesn’t have a crystal ball to predict a future in which such a future is way different than anything ancient history could ever imagine.  Nonetheless, ancient history was the product of humans.  Thus, we can safely assume no matter how different the future will be, ancient history might get it right still.  Of course, unless the future is not a product of humans but of aliens, then I won’t bet my farm on ancient history at all.  (I don’t really have a farm!)  What ancient history I’m talking about?  Read on and I expand…

I watched a YouTube video, The Phoenician Carthage – The Roman Holocaust, in regarding to how Carthaginian empire was toppled by the Romans, and I was very intrigued to how United States and China are facing a very similar Carthaginian versus Romans picture, in the big picture of course.  I may get this wrong, because I’m no expert in ancient history of Carthaginian versus Romans.  Nonetheless, from what I’d learned from this YouTube video, Carthaginian empire was a superpower way before Rome became one.  Carthaginian controlled the nearby sea trade routes, thus Carthaginian empire was also an ocean going superpower just like how United States is today.  Meanwhile, at the time when Carthaginian ignored how Roman state was on the rise in term of ground territorial expansion, Carthaginian thought nothing of Rome until sometimes later this would prove to be fatal for Carthaginian empire itself.

Sometimes later, Roman state slowly took up form of an empire, albeit a much smaller one than Carthaginian.  As Roman empire began to expand even more, it faced an obstacle which was the Carthaginian empire.  Carthaginian controlled much of the sea routes for trade, and the Romans wanted a piece of that.  I don’t think I can be wrong on this, after all — wars of our time, meaning now or even in the past, were and are mostly about victories over trades, territories and whatnot.  Since the Roman state was on the rise to become an empire that rivaled the Carthaginian empire (eventually surpassed the Carthaginian empire), thus the two superpowers of their time began a series of conflicts that led to three major Punic Wars.  I’m not an expert in Punic Wars history, thus I couldn’t go into the details, but I know few things about the conflicts of Carthaginian empire and the Roman empire that I can use to compare the two superpowers of today, the United States and China.

At the start of first major Punic War, according to Wikipedia’s “Punic Wars” piece (source link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punic_Wars), the Romans wanted to expand to Sicily and was presented with an opportunity when a local conflict in Sicily broke out.  Whatever the details were, the local conflict in Sicily became a proxy war for Carthage versus Rome conflict.  Eventually, the proxy war enticed the two superpowers into an all out conflict, resulting in the first Punic War.  Wikipedia details that at the start of the first Punic War, Carthaginian was at a disadvantage on land warfare for Roman state was originally expansionary through land warfare, thus the Romans defeated Carthaginian at the Battle of Agrigentum in 262 BC.  With such a harsh defeat, Carthaginian decided to avoid most land warfare against the Romans and preferred to fight on sea.  Since the Roman empire was not strong at sea, thus Carthaginian empire was able to take advantage of Romans’ sea weakness.  The YouTube video I watched describes after a major defeat on sea, the Romans were lucky to capture a Carthaginian battleship which then later the Roman empire was able to duplicate such battleship technology to revert the tide of war on sea.  This is important for my thinking of the current conflicts between the two superpowers of today.

Today, the United States is still the undefeated champion on sea, and China is largely a powerful land based force.  Obviously, it’s less true than before as China is rapidly developing a huge professional navy with capable battleships and whatnot to deter United States from getting too close to her shore.  Just as how Carthaginian versus Romans, United States is facing a rising China in which China has overtaken the United States in world trade.  Since Carthaginian was facing a hungry Romans in trade and territory domination, the first Punic War between these ancient superpowers was becoming inevitable.  Can we say the same for the United States and China?  Once again, not so different from the Punic War conflicts, contemporary superpowers are emphasizing their face-off on sea.  China needs to control sea routes for trades and the United States does not want to be pushed out of the Pacific, thus the stage is setting up for a future sea confrontation.  Modern Punic Wars?  Who will be the Carthaginian and who will be the Romans this time around?

According to ancient history, Carthaginian empire was a superpower at sea.  Today, the United States is also a superpower at sea.  Romans stole Carthaginian’s battleship building technology, and was able to turn the tide for the ancient battles at sea.  United States and China have yet to go to war on sea, but China is hungry for better sea warfare technology.  Carthaginian didn’t want Romans to expand and capture ancient territories that could dictate favorable terms for trades such as important sea routes.  United States definitely does not want China to control most sea routes, because that would push United States out of Pacific, making United States becomes irrelevant in a modern, most profitable sea-trading territory in the world (i.e., Pacific ocean).  United States for sure knows that China is a very capable land force, because China has huge population to prepare a huge ground force invasion.  In ancient time, Carthaginian relied on mercenary for their army, but the Romans relied on native population for their army.  Today, United States does rely on mercenary more than China for obvious reasons.  One such reason is that China is not in as many conflicts as the United States, and the United States is facing too many conflicts around the world such as in the Middle East.  I’m living in the United States, and I feel it’s a poor taste of me to compare United States as Carthaginian empire and China as Roman empire.  Nonetheless, the picture of the ancients somehow reminds me of the picture of today.  Very freaky in my opinion.

Of course, one big difference of today world is that we are in a nuclear age, thus Carthaginian versus Roman conflicts might be irrelevant for warfare lessons since nuclear weapons can make sea warfare struggles become rather irrelevant.  Really?  What about submarines with nuclear warheads?  Isn’t this scenario all about using the sea to gain victory over the enemy?  Thus the oceans are still important in warfare today, and the oceans are still practically important to how we do trades today.  I think if we can go on without having sea conflicts between United States and China in a major way that might result in modern Punic Wars, then we might make to the space age.  Only in space age where trades take place in space that we might find conflicts on sea become less relevant.  Nonetheless, I don’t bet my farm on this, because nobody knows the future.  Even though the ancient time can remind us a familiar picture of the past, it doesn’t mean the future will unfold similarly.  Nobody knows really!  Nonetheless, history can be a great teacher in that the fundamentals won’t just become the aliens overnight, thus the human products of ancient history will probably be somewhat similar in contemporary age.  Thus it begs the question, is it wise to have modern Punic Wars?  Is it wise for United States and China to have conflicts at sea?

It was how Romans defeated Carthaginian that built the Roman empire into one of the most glorious ancient empires.

Sources:

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.

360 Degree (Poem by Vinh Nguyen)

Just another poem I’d written thus far.  Enjoy!!!

  • An outlandish idea perhaps,
  • but this one had planted a seed inside me,
  • as if nature and life itself a 360 degree map,
  • going in a circle until a realization would allow us be.
  • 360 degree of realization,
  • persuaded me 360 degree is the life force,
  • in which this force is the creation,
  • lying dormant, waiting for us humans to spring forth.
  • As busied as a bee we were,
  • trying to figuring out the inner working of a clock,
  • tick tock, a clock was busied as we were,
  • for an eternity, spinning itself in 360 degree o’clock.
  • With a 360 degree clock in time,
  • we were fully prepared to spring forward,
  • technologically, we raced ahead the sand of time,
  • determining to meet the creator as we were going forward.
  • Too busied as a bee as always,
  • overlooking the grander picture,
  • successfully bringing about the grander machines as always,
  • hadn’t gotten a clue that we were inside 360 degree picture.
  • Tick tock, until time would stop,
  • perhaps then we would guess a life force’s inner working,
  • tick tock, until time would stop,
  • perhaps then, in 360 degree, our turn to shape things.

Clear Cut Divided World May Lead Countries Into Radioactive World War III

A war can break out for all sorts of reasons.  Sometimes, a war can just start by a strong mind leader who has a lust for wars.  Nonetheless, in a complex world of today, albeit wars might occur for the reasons that nobody will ever be able to guess, I think a global war might occur easily if the world is so clearly divided.  What do I mean by this?  Read on and I expand on this further…

Well, if the world is so clearly divided in a sense that a world is splitting into two groups — each group consists of friendly countries that are so ready to defend one another — I think this configuration for the world will easily ignite a global war.  How come?  You can call it as domino effect or a string effect or ally effect or whatever, but the reality is that this sort of division in the world will encourage one country to go to defend a friendly country with little hesitation.  Although, defending a friendly country is a noble deed, but when the world is so clearly divided into two groups, many countries may tend to look pass the diplomacy and pour resources into war preparation instead.  Of course, if a country wants peace, it must always be ready for war.  When a country is so war ready, it’s very unlikely to be considered as a weak target and will not easily be bullied or taunted into a possible war.  Nonetheless, war preparation is not the same as war preparation with clear cut global division.

When we have a world with clear cut global division, countries that are grouped together and war ready will find themselves to be overly confident.  Overconfidence may lead into pushing diplomacy aside, thus war preparation might just become preemptive strikes.  Perhaps, preemptive strikes come in all sort of forms, and eventually the physical form of war might just become a reality.

In today world though, we have nuclear weapons, thus even with our current clear cut global division world, I doubt that a global war such as World War III will easily erupt.  Nonetheless, if certain countries that are able to find a way out of (MAD) Mutual Assure Destruction situation, then a clear cut global division kind of world, even with nuclear weapons, will find itself embroil in a global war.

I think the world we are currently living in is a dangerous one.  It’s clearly that China is a rising global power, and some people even consider that China is already a super power.  Whether China is a super power or not, it does have more allies than before for China is growing in military and economic strengths.  Furthermore, with China’s advancements, many countries are rethinking about their strategic friendships.  With more countries are willing to be under China’s global influences, this will put United States in a situation which will be very uncomfortable.

Of course, United States can follow Britain’s playbook.  In the past Britain conceded its global power to the United States in a way that it did not wage war against the United States.  Of course, the British did attack the United States when the United States was still a colony or sort of.  Nonetheless, the United States declared independence from Britain, and when the dust was settled Britain did not try to invade the United States again.  After World War II, Britain conceded her power to the United States.

Another option for the United States in the face of China rising is that doing everything it can to disturb China’s rise.  The eventual outcome of this option will not be clear for obvious reasons.  One obvious reason is that nobody can be sure that the United States can contain China, because China is economically strong and militarily ambitious.  Furthermore, China is one of those countries that can use the MAD strategy.  With modern nuclear weapons, China can deny a potential enemy from being too aggressive against China’s core interests.

As China is ambitiously rising, the United States is embroiling in economic downturns and global enemies such as Russia and other players in the Middle East.  While the United States is clearly wanting to contain China somewhat, but the United States is having her plate full.  With a full plate to deal with, containing China will not be easy for the United States.

Since China is knowing that the United States is trying to contain its ambitions, thus China is working in a direction in which will not be favorable for the United States.  Furthermore, China is now working ever closer with Russia, thus the United States will have to find other allies to counter China Russia combination.  Nonetheless, China and Russia are creating their own organizations that allow even more countries to join such organizations, and so the world is becoming evermore clear cut divided.  The world is definitely being divided by United States and China.

As the world is being divided by two most awesome countries, United States and China, many smaller and weaker countries will pick side.  Some countries will try to stay neutral, but for how long?  What if China or United States wants such neutral countries to pick side at all costs, can such neutral countries stay neutral?  For an example, United States and Europe and Russia want Ukraine to pick side!  The original government of Ukraine wanted to go with Russia, but it got overthrown, and now the newer government wants to go with NATO (Europe and United States).  Nonetheless, I doubt Russia will approve of that and will do everything it can to prevent something like that from happening.

In conclusion, my theory is that if MAD isn’t useful anymore, a clear cut global divided world will find itself embroiling in global war.  Perhaps, we can call such a war a World War III.  Cliche or not, it’s a war that I do not want to see it happens.  After all, the next global war might push countries with nuclear weapons to go nuclear.  Modern nuclear weapons are way more powerful than the ones that the United States had dropped on Japan, and so I think we should be fearful of the next global war.  Instead of millions of deaths, we may witness hundreds of millions of deaths for the next global war.