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Response to BTG on Chinese Development

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This is a response to my buddy BTG’s comment on a previous post:

My post on the relationship between the Vick article and China’s development problems bore a very flimsy, finite correlation. In the Vick case, I found the justifications people sought in defending their opinions noteworthy. These “excuses,” in a sense, were necessary to come to terms with hypercritical expressions of the American psyche– the relationship of black and white, past and present.

For the past 6 months or more, I have been a part of an ongoing email forum centering on the crisis in Zimbabwe, which has extrapolated into international issues where ideas like leadership, development, and (classic/neo) colonialism come to the fore. Some of it is a discussion of policies, history, and nationalism; but most of it stems from an honest discussion about the relationships of one human being to another. It deals with the common bonds History shackles around the ankles of people trying to move forward. Like a three-legged race on field day in elementary school, success requires communication and cooperation, a positive relationship.

BTG, I agree with you that China bears responsibility for its actions, that its government must meet the requirements of solid leadership by drafting progressive, efficient policies. I agree that Mao played a tremendous role in the development of a cultural psychosis, really, tilted towards economic success at all costs. Paranoia, pride, and an intractable nationalist ideology drove China many miles down the wrong road (i.e. the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution). While everyone talks about how much money it is making today, China is paying dearly for those past actions now.I am not discrediting the self-inflicted wounds of Chinese development. And I am not here to bemoan history. I am here because I cannot escape thinking that we have choices. We have the possibility of a future. We are the generation of global citizenry. For the first time in history, it is solely our responsibility to begin seeing the world as one. World histories have always been interconnected. But now, we can use current knowledge to build positive outcomes. We can cooperate, communicate, and build effective relationships producing progressive policies.

China has bolstered America’s rise to the top by becoming the world’s factory. We have a responsibility to understand our impacts on the world beyond our borders. For our administration to hesitate on radical environmental reform and hide behind the excuse that China will not yield its growth is unacceptable. This is finger pointing. This is bickering and meaningless. We are a world getting divorced rather than getting married. We are wasting time. And our time left on this rock is counting down exponentially.

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Written by Miles

October 12, 2007 at 10:01 am

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