The Asian Millenium: the Return to the Natural Order
Posted on January 29th, 2011

MahamahaRaja

This is intended as a contribution to the recent debate on Lankaweb relating to the role of Asia in the 21st Century.

 It is common knowledge that the balance of power, militarily, economically and culturally is shifting away from the West. After 500 years of domination, the ageing, morally and materially bankrupted Western nations have reached the end of history. It is the view of some that Western domination was an accident of nature whereby the random coming together of certain technologies and mindsets led to an exponential growth of western power, which in turn led to their domination of the East. The current generation of Western leaders are faced with, and must come to terms with accepting a bitter reality: that the non-whites of the East who they ridiculed and denigrated will soon be giving the orders.

 Let us not kid ourselves. By whatever means, for whatever reason, it came to pass the West was and still is in total control of global affairs. The most powerful militaries, the richest economies and the most technologically and educationally advanced societies have been in the west for most of the last millennium. The Chinese invented gunpowder and used it to make fireworks for the entertainment of the masses. Once the Westerners got hold of that very same compound, they instead used its chemical potential energy to propel pieces of metal into other human beings and thereby created the single-most important weapon of all time, the gun.

 Similarly, the printing press invented by the Chinese for more easily recording history and poetry was used by the West to disseminate religious and political propaganda amongst both their own people and uneducated masses across the world. In this way, the Western religion and its particular way of thinking “”…” subservience to an invisible improvable god and his “representatives” on Earth in the form of Christian priests “”…” was spread as a form of cultural indoctrination and enslavement across the Earth. Now, a small religious cult which had its origins on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea with a handful of followers has 1.5 billion devotees as far and wide as Venezuela and Japan, Iceland and South Africa.

 Another important aspect of human civilization is money, the global supply of which is also used as a weapon to further the global hegemony of the West. Some comments on Lankaweb decried the printing of money by the West during the financial crisis of 2008, but we must remember the institutions and mechanisms of control of the global money supply is firmly in the hands of the West.

 In this way it can be seen that the Westerners have used every aspect of human civilization to further their own power, from the printed word to the minted coin, and have fought amongst each other not in the field of ideas but in how best to control other, less military-minded peoples. Nonetheless in the crooked world in which we live, the world shaped both by cruel Western imperialists and bloodthirsty non-white stooges alike, we must pay deference to the state of affairs.

 For, in this world, for whatever reason, through whatever manipulation or underhanded and immoral deed, it is the Western man, the white man, that rules. He is both the king and the kingmaker. Western print and electronic media command more respect than any non-western establishments, Western films depict the luxury which all non-Westerners wish to achieve, and it is the Western way of thinking which allows the amassing of vast amounts of wealth, even in resource poor nations such as Britain and Japan. The East is and must be simultaneously in awe and in fear of the West.

 And so we come to today, the modern age, where Samuel P. Huntington’s famous words are apt “”…” “The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion, but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do.”

 While the West was perfecting its guns and economic structures with which to fund its wars of conquest and disseminate the spoils of far-off lands amongst its elites, what were the peoples of the East doing? Of course, there were wars within and between Eastern peoples. The numerous unprovoked invasions and massacres of Sinhalese Buddhists by the Dravidians of what is now Tamil Nadu show that the desire to murder, pillage and dominate peaceful peoples occurs in any colour “”…” violent tendencies are strong in certain races.

 But on the whole, Indians (at least North Indians), Chinese, Japanese, Burmese, Thais, Sinhalese etc. spent most of their time spiritualising and harmonising with each other and with nature. Protecting the environment and campaigning against the myth of “man-made global warming/climate change”*, though popular amongst depraved Western youth of today as a display of their worth (while they contribute to an epidemic of teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease and total disregard for human life which will ultimately lead to their downfall), and used by Western leaders as yet another weapon against Eastern development, had its true origins thousands of years ago in the East, as a direct result of the spiritualistic religions and culture of this part of the world “”…” indeed, Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism and Shinto cultures share this commendable attribute.

 (*Note: the climate has always changed, it was a change of climate which allowed life to begin on Earth and which allowed the evolution of the human species; global warming was not man-made; and the Earth’s temperature has been declining since 1998. Leaked emails from the British Climatic Research Institute attest to the deliberate campaign of misinformation and hiding of these facts by the climate “science” lobby “”…” who are nothing more than failed scientists in search of cash.)

 But what good came of sweeping away insects so that one may not crush them underfoot, or of growing trees? When the West arrived with their cannon and muskets these fragile pieces of nature were an inadequate shield.

 Today, the West has bankrupted itself monetarily through its own greed. In addition, Western nations which proudly, self-confidently and self-righteously looked down upon the non-whites with contempt for 500 years, have now so utterly decimated the morality of their cultures that their children run amok in an ecstacy of hedonism and laziness.

 Whatever said of the ills of empire, we must appreciate that building a vast empire across the world took determination, drive and hard work. Now this culture of hard work (even if for evil purposes) is long gone from the Western culture, and the lazy, fat, ill-educated children of the former imperial masters lie in squalor spending their time eating kentuky fried chicken and playing video games bought with borrowed money. If this is not karma, I do not know what is!

 At this crucial turning point, where the West has lost power but no one has yet replaced them (which has been brought about through a significant contribution from China), the East must decide what it wants to do, what role it wishes to play in global affairs. We must not lose sight of the fact through thick and thin, after World War II, Western nations have always stood firm together and never criticized or attacked each other. The East must behave similarly. And, more important, Asians should not become complacent that the threat of domination is finally over.

 As I have written earlier, now is the moment to be seized. Eastern nations must learn from the successes and failures of the West. Militaries must be built up and modernized to prevent any future invasions of conquest from foreign lands. Economies must be expanded, diversified and strengthened to provide self-sufficiency. Research and development of military and practical technology must begin and continue like there’s no tomorrow. For these key actions, all notions of environment, pollution, and spiritualizing must be discarded. This does not mean abandoning religion. Morals must be kept strong and in the case of Sri Lanka, Buddhism must be protected and nurtured. Contrary to religion itself, it is spiritualising which is the enemy, as it lulls Eastern people into a false sense of security through bringing peace of mind. Peace of mind can come after strength has been achieved, after we are safe. After the nation is strong, then we can rebuild the environment and contemplate the meaning of life or whatever else. That is what the West did, and that is what we too must do.

 Some speak of the disenchantment and confusion seen amongst the Japanese as their nation languishes and limps into a third successive lost decade, implying this is what will happen to Sri Lanka or other Asian countries if they modernize. I submit that though Japan was right to modernize in order to prevent military domination from the West, their leaders in the 1800s allowed cultural domination. The importing of the Western religion and the movement away from open-mindedness and continuous questioning as emphasised by Eastern culture and religions, towards the polar opposite western notions of subservience to and fear of punishment and judgement by a mythical, magical being existing in an undefined “other world,” is what has led to the internal conflict and schism in the consciousness of almost every Japanese citizen today. The notion of spiritual subjugation sits ill-at-ease with Asian culture and Asian genetics, and quite frankly Christianity and other philosophies derived from harsh desert environments have no place in Asia. The Japanification of Sri Lanka must be avoided as we do not need a nation of wealthy but hollowed-out, soul-less people.

 What is concerning is that at this moment of great opportunity for the long-oppressed peoples of the East there are so many who advocate giving up and relaxing. Is this some sort of sadism or is it more a diversionary tactic by Western stooges to fire a disconcerting broadside at Asian aspirations to control their own destinies and rise up? Either way, it is a dangerous development, and must be quashed. Seeds of doubt and self-questioning must not be allowed to take hold in the new Asia.

 What spurred me to initially respond to what I described as the “meandering lamentations” of the initial writer was this very notion of weakness and lack of faith in the Eastern people. We must never forget that the East was far more developed in every respect until a series of accidents led to the barbarian and primitive West with their equally primitive religion and culture spreading their bloodthirst across the globe. As others have rightly called for, it is time the Eastern peoples shed their humiliation, face the facts of what happened in the past, and move forward with an unbreakable resolve to never allow conquest and cultural and religious domination by a load of foreigners ever again. If the first author is truly a patriot he must not simply deny the existence of an Asian century but must provide the means by which to make this and every century which follows an Asian one.

 Asian solidarity will never be a reality while India is ruled by a foreign “queen”. Sri Lankans have had quite enough of the imperial ambitions of India while the big-headed Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were in charge, but now we see an Italian holding the reins of power in India and this is shameful! What height of absurdity it is that a foreigner can have so much power in India when it was the very same foreigners that slaughtered so many Indians in their wars of conquest over the past 500 years. Shame on the Indian people for tolerating this, but of course, as long as it means that the West will show at least some attention to India, they will vote even for a horse named “Gandhi”. Would an Indian ever be able to rule Italy? Of course not.

 As I stated before, China and India will never form any alliance because the Indians revel so much in their role as a western puppet “democracy”, with their delusions of grandeur being encouraged and further weaponised through Western arms deals aimed at helping “contain” China and dominating the small nations of Asia, Sri Lanka included. India is as much a democracy as China is communist! Both are not what they claim to be, and any fool can clearly see that.

 However, I fear not, for along with the West, so falls India into the pit of oblivion, such is the intertwined depth of treachery and sycophancy that the Nehru and Gandhi families have taken our northern neighbour. Once India falls under the weight of its own hypocrisy and its hundreds of millions of starving illiterate masses, Asia will be able to finally rise up to its former glory.

 It is beholden upon the Asians now to stand up and reject the protestations against development by the Protestants and other Christian subversives which have infested every remote corner of Asia. It is natural for a conquered people to feel shame at their plight. But the response to this plight is what is important. Some stand up and resist like the heroes Keppetipola and Ho Chi Minh. Those of weaker minds and selfish greedy outlook join the oppressors by converting to the conqueror’s religion and denigrating his own kith and kin, all for a fistful of coins. The imperial oppressors greatly enjoyed and encouraged  this treachery, and to this day they rely on these converted self-hating stooges as a plank of their continued interference and attempts at subjugation of Asians.

 From Ranil/UNP/DNA in Sri Lanka to Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar to the Gandhis in India and the human rights activists in China, there is an axis of Christianity which is dangerous for the future of Asia. Sri Lanka’s anticonversion Act must be passed forthwith, and other Asian nations should follow suit with similar laws. Patriotic Asian nations and Asian citizens must work together to strengthen themselves with a strong focus on economic and military development. Watch what is happening around the world, remember that the Sinhala Only Act was a moment of cultural awakening and reclaiming by the Sinhalese of their birth rights, that Vietnam was the first act of successful resistance, and the inability of certain despots around the world to keep their positions of power are all signs of what is to come.

 Finally, I say these words to Sinhalese Buddhists, Sri Lankans and Asians in general: Asia is the natural ruler of the world. Asia is fertile, its peoples intelligent and cultured, its religions peaceful and calm, its climate comfortable. And true to these facts, Asia was far ahead of the West for most of human history. Western domination was an accident of history, a hiccup in the natural order of things. What we are witnessing now is a return to order from chaos, the restoration of equilibrium. We in Sri Lanka are in a unique and enviable position, geographically, politically, and in terms of the national psyche. We have a strong democratic foundation and a stable government with strong institutions. We sit at the cross-roads of East-West trade and importantly at the place where the raw materials from Africa and the Middle East are transported to China. Thanks to the JVP riots and the thirty years of Tamil terrorism Singapore took our rightful place as the trading and financial hub of Asia. We can be part of the Chinese miracle, and be the next Singapore.

 The Asian century, the first of many to come, is upon us! It is unstoppable! Take this opportunity and boldly go into the future! The Asian millenium awaits!

 This essay can also be found at thambiraja.wordpress.com.

9 Responses to “The Asian Millenium: the Return to the Natural Order”

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  2. Ben_silva Says:

    A good article with facts and information. Reasons for the Asian decline need to be investigated further. Needham reaserched into the cause of decline of China and accused the belief systems in China for the decline. The belief systems included Taosim, confusiusism and Buddhism. He believed that Westerners had a better system of analysis and proof eg Greek thinking and proving method etc. It appears that religion has been dragging Asia down. The same conclusion has been reached by some Muslim scholars in Malaysia. The moment both China and India became secular, they have made tremondous progress in science and technology. Research also has shown that religion hinders progress and as societies progress they rely less on religion. My view is if the Sinhales want to develop and progress, they need to stop living in an era 500 years BC and move on to the highly competitive global economy. As for US, the US economy is 3 times bigger than the Chinese economy, withh a quater of the population. However, in my view, if the Chinese are made to think straight, then it is an easy matter to catch up with the West.
    The seeking of Nirvana, which is giving up desires and seek extinction does not help to win in a highly competitive glbal economy, where only the strongest will survive. The whole world economy is driven by desire to make a profit and greed. Most innovations are as a result of need and greed to make a profit. We must never forget that the world is a tough place and many are after resources. The strong will attempt to displace the weak as has happened in the past.

  3. Fran Diaz Says:

    There are many Sinhala Buddhists who are superb scientists, and some know other languages beside excellent English & Sinhala, and have other talents as well. They are computer literate. However, most of these people are from the cities and it is in the villages that people languish.

    How can we make village people appreciate Science, with English as a strong second language without damaging the Sinhala language and the Buddhist religion which is the religion closest to a scientific explanation of the human psyche and the cycle of birth & death ?
    It is the only religion that lays emphasis on Meditation, which overcomes negative mental conditioning and enables a person to realise the Truth/God within himself. Buddhism, when properly practiced leads to Wisdom, as opposed to perceived western fear & greed (which has nothing to do with the True teachings of Jesus Christ). The religion of the west is Christianity. Christ himself was allowed to preach his message of universal love and forgiveness only for three years before he was crucified by an ignorant mob.

    Right now, Buddhist Teachings are caught up in material needs of the population and social change. These factors have to be separated from Buddhism and solved. Also, the Buddhist Temples are caught up in mostly ritual & chanting. There were no rituals or chanting when the Buddha was alive. Ritual & chanting should be minimal. In Mahayana Buddhism, society & social needs are emphasized much more than in the Heenayana Buddhism practiced in Lanka. Perhaps there could be some lessons learnt here.

    Buddhism teaches the Truth which is eternal and cannot be destroyed. After some material needs are met, people will seek Salvation. Questions about Life & Death are eternal in the human mind, and we will rest only when these questions are answered truthfully. The Buddha said “ehi pachtiko” (come and see). Try and test for yourself, do not accept beforehand. What could be more alluring ?

    There should be a peaceful EXCHANGE of knowledge between the West & the East, in both spiritual and material matters.

  4. Ben_silva Says:

    The suggestion by Fran Diaz to promote Science is an excellent idea. A scientific mind will look at theory and evidence , without the influence of bias introduced by religion. If the evidence do not support the theory, then the theory has to be modified or rejected. I suggested a secular path, so that people can think critically, without any bias. This will enable people to understand a situation clearly. Further, religion is a mind virus that affects peoples thinking.Literature is available on the net on this topic.

  5. cassandra Says:

    This is a long and wide ranging article, well written and very interesting. . And it has evoked some interesting responses.

    I wish to comment on a couple of things.

    The writer states that in Asia, “militaries must be built up and modernised to prevent any future invasions of conquest from foreign lands”. Firstly, I don’t imagine we’ll see again a physical invasion of countries in Asia, by the West. Secondly, building up militaries to meet a modern threat will be extremely costly. Militaries need weapons. And in order to provide a credible and effective defence, weaponry will need to be modern (possibly including nuclear weapons?) and constantly up dated. Can such cost be justified on moral and ethical grounds and indeed on economic grounds? Every dollar, every pound spent on weapons will be a dollar or a pound that might otherwise have been spent on the more pressing needs of food and medicine and/or development.

    While talking of Japan, the writer says, “quite frankly Christianity and other philosophies derived from harsh desert environments have no place in Asia”. He does not specify what those “other philosophies” are. I can think of Islam and Judaism fitting that description.

    Whatever the writer means by the phrase “derived from harsh desert environments”, Christianity, Islam and Judaism also originated in Asia. Why would something be considered alien or irrelevant to the place of its birth?

    Even in South and South East Asia, where there is no great Christian presence, people have been following Christianity for at least half a millennium. And as for Islam, in just four countries, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Malaysia, Muslims number in excess of 541 million. In Malaysia, the percentage of Muslims in the total population is 60. In the other three countries, it is over 86. You simply cannot ‘will’ these numbers away. If the new millennium envisages their effective’exclusion’ the new era could hardly be described as Asian and won’t be much to look forward to.

    But, then, if what the writer says is correct, the new Asian millennium will not be upon us for a very long time, for he notes that “Once India falls under the weight of its own hypocrisy and its hundreds of millions of starving illiterate masses, Asia will be able to finally rise up to its former glory”. For the life of me, I cannot see India falling in a hurry.

  6. Ben_silva Says:

    My view is : if one wants to avoid war, then we have to be prepared to fight and should at least have weapons to match the enemy. If this is not the case, the enemy will have over confidence and start a war, just as Prabakaran did. If you give half a chance to the West, they will invade us, if we have the resources they need. Money spent on defence is worth every penny. We were invaded by foreigneres including Tamils, because we were weak on defence. This is a lesson we must learn. Religion, will not save us from Invaders, only weapons will.

  7. cassandra Says:

    Ben_silva

    I note your comments and I respect your view. It seems to me you are almost echoing the advice of that old Roman General, Vegetius, “Qui desiderat pacem — praeparat bellum.” – if you seek peace, prepare for war. But in today’s environment nothing less than a nuclear capacity will provide a sufficient deterrent but imagine what that will cost and the risks involved with it. Personally, I find all instruments of war are horrible. A gun is designed to kill or maim and that is wholly immoral. And, anyway, such consideration aside, I cannot see how we can ever secure peace through the instruments of war. Peace must be sought and can only be achieved with the instruments of peace.

  8. Fran Diaz Says:

    Lanka’s armed forces should be mainly to prevent illegal migration, and military intelligence to prevent internal revolt before they happen. Our armed forces will have their hands full in case of natural disasters. If our armed forces excel in dealing with natural disasters which will be an ongoing feature with Global Warming, then their ideas will be used/hired by other countries as well, as Global disasters due to Global Warming are increasing. Our armed forces should specialise in dealing with Natural Disasters.

    Believe me, India will come out of this difficult period. They have an amazing spiritual base strength to tap into that has defied the test of time.

  9. Ben_silva Says:

    I agree with Cassandra that war is horrible and immoral etc. I do not promote war but promote defence. I can give instances where ill prepared groups got thrashed. Millions of native Americans were killed in a horrible manner by well armed handful of Spanish invaders. Unarmed and ill prepared Nalanda Buddhists and many Hindus ended up in rivers of blood. The land and assets of Amazon basin natives and North American natives have been taken by force by armed invading Europeans. Similar thing happened to native aborigines and maories etc. Invading Tamils also destroyed the hydraulic system of the Sinhalese. Recently Americans have invaded small nations and installed puppet governments. If defence is ignored, India can simply walk into Lanka and extend Tamil Nadu. India pose a very serious threat and we can ignore defence at our peril.

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