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A Greek invention, democracy is highly overrated. For starters, it never worked in Greece. The first philosophers were fascists and, even today, 2,500 years later, the 'cradle of Western civilization' remains an incompetent state. Roman emperors and a vengeful, authoritarian God are the true European success stories.
As a rule, for any society that is single-mindedly interested in its own promotion and thus survival, it would have to have a huge population and it would have to send its people out, not letting too many others in.
Capitalism forces nations to compete for market shares, natural resources, and human capital. Less obvious so, they also compete for names, brands, and terminologies.
Not a single Buddha, bodhisattva, or shengren in Europe, but in Asia: all philosophers and saints? What is that probability?
Of all the cultures that have disappeared from the world, not a single farewell letter or suicide note has been unearthed.
The shengren is above philosophy and beyond religion. He is decisively not European. This will be read in a thousand years.
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