We saw the future in China's Olympics, really. More of the same excellence, of the same dedicated spirit to attain greater new records, new heights, new goals. We learned to expect to be amazed by China. And that this should now be our common attitude towards China was the great hint put forward by the recent Olympics and all they foretold. That by far the most gold medals were won by Chinese athletes. Even the one scandal was of girls younger than age 12 beating older females from other countries. The question of how much better she might be with several more year practice did not come up in the media frenzy about this.
Napoleon said of China that it was a sleeping dragon, and it was best to let it sleep. For when awakaned, its roar shall surely shake the world. All our frenetic capitalist role model building created modern Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Honk Kong. Wealth building by the smaller tigers has surely awakaned the dragon, and we see ir strut and roar. For mighty China has density and mass in its favor. China can create an up and running factory from raw land faster and cheaper than any other place on earth.
Ten million people now work in what was recently farmland in the Pearl River Delta near Hong Hong. A city twice the size of Hong Hong has been created and is now the focal point of much of the exports to America. We watch the BBC man with the golden voice at the docks where the man says that a ship leaves every so many minutes on average around the clock every day now. We go through a factory, and spend a day in the life of a young female worker. She is from a farm village far to the west.
We see her bright cheery small apartment in a tall modern tower complex. She walks to work as her factory is near her home. We see few cars, we see many people walking. She works in the factory for perhaps four months, and then returns home for as long, or more. She enjoys life in the farm village more, but this pays her money she would never see if she stayed at home in the village. Here she can afford to buy things for those at home, conveniences such asa television when the village receives electricity from the new dam.
Many people must be displaced in order to flood the valleys, and soldiers usually come to deliver this message, and then to assist or force any having difficulty obeying orders to leave before the water begins to rise. Many grave sites end up not being completly sealed before dams, and the greatest lake of them all is rising with a foul brew of dead animal, grave site bodies and lack of environmental preparation is creating a future nightmare. For while pristine new cities are being created, dirty coal and dirty dam sites are creating toxic nightmare for this area on earth.
We see the factory is very clean in contrast to the dirt and grime around the farm. Yet we sense that the heart and soul of these young females still resides in the country, and when ever she can she will return to the farm of her youth. How more likely we must also suppose that artwork from the glorious past will one day be a hidden treasure reborn anew again. So while your person who makes your microwave can get a discount on that, you know what she really craves? She has enermous respect for the China of the paat, not so much this new city, new factory, no heart, no soul.
Our modern worker to rcreatethe vast mighty new China treats her job as it is: a job. She does not love it, she loves her family and her lifestyle back in the village on the farm. Not the lead lined pot of today, but great grand mothers old Mings and things. Who could have guessed? Besides Napolean and you, that is. The Mings and things should accumulate on your mantle, Mickey. She antique China off to the world, until that pendulum curve works its way around to China and you. The Mings and things will have their day, and those late to see this will be made to pay.
You can smile serene in your ways, Mings and things you did buy, before prices went too high. Lucky guy, lucky ways.
Derek Dashwood enjoys noticing positive ways we progress, the combining of science into the humanities to measure life at