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Diplomacy as an Expression of Civilization; The legacies of China and India

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The main beneficiaries are the military industrial complexes of the more economically "advanced" nations. However much governments try to keep those impopular conflicts and occupations out of the minds of their citizens, they are inevitably and negatively affected by them as they fall into massive indebtedness and gradually turn into militaristic police states faced with rising domestic alienation and opposition while being confronted by a growing number of enemies abroad.

We witness a sobering illustration of the law of cause and effect (the Taoist De, the Indian Karma) in the contemporary scenario. The United States, as the predominant military power and belligerent is under the pall of civil unrest and popular revolt and many other nations face similar situations and risks. Foreign policy inevitably reflects the internal state of a nation as both the Chinese and Indian classics have pointed out.

When it is in disarray and rapidly decaying, its diplomacy cannot be consistent, principled, reasonable, just and firm. A state which intends to control or exert a determinant influence on other nations when it is not able to maintain order and protect its prosperity within must be told: "Physician, heal thyself!".

Another effect of this situation is visible in the widening chasm between the public discourse of governments and the mainstream media on the one hand and popular perceptions and suspicions about the current economic, ecological and political realities on the other.

The proliferation of "conspiracy theories" mainly in Western nations about the real reasons and factors behind the Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq wars, the assassinations of John F Kennedy and Martin Luther King, the 11th September 2001 attacks in New York and Washington DC and so on - is a direct result of the loss of faith in political systems and the evidence of official mendacity and deception. Its notion of "manifest destiny" has led the United States to claim and exercise paramount authority, alone or within a western alliance of nations, over the rest of the world and inevitably, the call for a multipolar order, recognizing the diverse plurality of mankind is rising against that challenge.

The ancient social and political sciences of China and India, fed by the combined observation of cosmic and human nature which they see as one and the same, can light our path towards a new, ecologically thriving and socially harmonious world order.

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Come Carpentier is a French writer, traveller, editor, consultant and researcher born in the Canary Islands, who lives and works in India and in Europe (France, Italy.Switzerland), helping manage a private foundation and contributing to various (more...)
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