A morning of understanding the basic idea of Hobbes’ theory on man’s natural state being a state of war resulted in an incessant usage of brains vs. writing skills. As I have come to conclude, not only is human nature flawed, but because of our unwillingness to accept that we are equal at the core (we are glory seeking – thus, we want to be “different” and “special”) we are in constant conflict – constant matter in motion – with self and society as it is.
Man is egotistic, focusing on the unquenchable needs of self before the desires of others, and with our naturally conflicting and competitive nature, we are in constant battle for resources and space. Not only are our materialistic desires incessant, but essentially our desire for freedom becomes the driving force for conflict. This, and our diffidence (lack of trust in others) causes us to meet our own gains rather than risk loss via means of co-operation.
Anyway, this is just what I studied this morning. Obviously I have the rest of the day ahead of me. History today, and International Relations tomorrow, hopefully.
But as for current affairs…
- The UN introduced reducing the amounts of female circumcision in Africa (despite this being a part of the culture) but has resulted in 65% reduction since 2007.
- The IPCC was off by 22 years in predicting when the Himalayan Mountains would melt: Global warming is still a controversy, and unproven.
- Debates regarding whether economic improvement will result in climate change – but ambiguity regarding whether the change is “good” or “bad” results in unending and rhetorical arguments.
- China over-reacted to America’s selling 6-Million worth of military artillery weapons
- North-Korea liberated the Christian Prisoners on suspicious terms, possible brainwashing involved
- China is North-Korea’s greatest ally; Russia is China’s greatest ally; the Middle East is Russia’s Greatest Ally. If the world were to break into a Third World War, the Western nations have little to fend for.
- Hong Kong’s continued fight for democracy is succeeding by far – however, because of the little capitalism that HK is built on, there is a chance that if HK becomes fully democratic, China will react negatively and HK risks another post-97′ decline.
- South African President Jacob Zuma’s fifth wife was recently arrested for drug smuggling.
- Haiti’s death toll reached 200,000 (the first estimate)
That’s all for now. More updates to come soon.