So I was reading this article this morning: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1036105/How-Chinas-taking-Africa-West-VERY-worried.html
It’s about how China is becoming almost as imperialistic in Africa as Europe was in past centuries. It also talks about China’s military support to Sudan, Zimbabwe and Equatorial Guinea, three beacons of medieval barbarism and anti-democratic rules.
( Read about Steven Spielberg’s reaction to the China-Darfur link)
Then I hear about this story:
So the plan seems to be: Take over Africa, migrate there, plunder it’s resources and then establish a segregation system based on skin colour.
Does this sound vaguely familiar to anyone else? Didn’t something similar happen before?
It seems that the collective human memory regarding such things is only as effective as money will allow.
Being a father, I’m trying to be optimistic about the world my children will live in. I’m trying to teach them that honesty and trust are great values that I hope they will adopt. I’m trying to provide a loving and respectful home for them to grow hoping that they will remember and practice this when they become adults.
But nowadays, it seems that being genuinely optimistic is linked to being blind to the situations outside our immediate lives. It’s hard to hear about Darfur, Rwanda, Tibet, Global Warming, increased oil exploration, iranian lapidation and so on, and still remain cheerful and full of hope for our world.
Damn internet, it makes you smarter and more aware of the world but the flipside is hard to swallow.
So I will continue to work hard with my kids hoping that cynicism doesn’t take over me when they ask questions about the world.