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Discussion #27A - Potential Conflict with North Korea

If Trump and Kim start going at each other and it spirals out of control, it likely won't just be a nuclear pissing contest at the expense of tens of thousands of innocent lives, it'll likely be the start of WW3. China agrees with North Korea's view of being a victim of American aggression. If the US does anything to majorly alienate China, then we have ourselves a serious problem. The Korean war is still fresh in the minds of many North (& South) Koreans, and American forces did 88% of the fighting (mainly massive bombing), with a huge number of casualties. The UN was in charge, and came to the aid of South Korea when the North invaded. China came to the aid of North Korea later on in the war. This conflict started in 1950, and finished in 1953. To this day, no peace treaty was ever signed, which means that North & South Korea are still technically at war.

North Korea does not have a lot of allies, but China & Russia are indeed two of them (partly because they share some land border). However, even North Korea's allies are virtually all starting to use sanctions to try and curb Kim's nuclear aspirations. China has long been an ally, but does not think much of Kim as a leader, likely viewing him as far too unstable to trust with a vast nuclear arsenal. Many around the world are well aware of Kim's history of executing any North Korean's who stand in his way, or misplease him in any fashion. He recently had his own uncle, along with his top 5 aids, executed by hungry dog. He and 300 others watched as 120 starving dogs ate them alive until nothing was left.

China could put a ton of pressure on NK using sanctions, since much of North Korea's food and supplies come from China, but are relunctant to, since they fear it will completely unravel NK, & cause massive numbers of refugees to pour into China. Most would choose China over attempting to cross into South Korea due to landmines, etc. at the two Korea's border, not to mention the incredible hatred that North Koreans have for SK and the US. China is very smart, they do not want war, and have made it clear they will support whichever country does NOT strike first in a military conflict.

North Korea is an extremely impoverished country, with the exception of Kim & his regime. His net worth is estimated to be around $5 billion, while the average North Korean worker earns .50 to $1 per hour. This ranks NK as one of the world's most currupt countries. Most of the government budget goes towards the military, with virtually nothing going towards social programs or food assistance. This countries' citizens are on their own, and as a result, one third of NK children have stunted growth from malnutrition, and the infant mortality rate is 33%. Any citizen who tries to leave North Korea for any reason (and is caught) is sent to a prison labor camp, or worse. Kim has been making some pretty serious threats toward the US and South Korea for years now, so it's difficult to know just how serious these threats really are. I personally think it's probably a good idea to let him know exactly how the world will respond, if he were to initiate a conflict with any other country.

Mass killing technology is now to the point where unity beween countries, ethnic groups, religions, etc. MUST grow, or WW3 will cause our species' extinction in a very short period of time. Let's not be afraid, hide from, or ignore this fact, let's do something about it.

Discussion #27B - Conflict in Syria & Iraq

The entire world is pretty much in agreement on what needs to happen in Syria and Iraq. The direction the world is quickly evolving towards is peace, justice and stability. Man and woman-kind has evolved past the point of toleration for what has been going on recently in these areas. There is currently no country on earth that is being run in a perfect fashion, they all have their problems, but this is just too much for most people to stomach.

How the vast majority of people on earth are choosing to live (of all faiths and ethnicity) is in peace, love, freedom, harmony, happiness and joy, and this is where the world is going. It's an awesome steaming locomotive that can't be stopped. Those who are not on board with this had better get out of the way. Most of us have different opinions on what happens to us in the afterlife, but are choosing to respect these differences, and are allowing our fellow human beings to live in peace. To live any other way is completely egomaniacal and evil. Yes, Capitalistic greed is also equally evil, but two wrongs do not make a right.

Religious tolerance is not just the nice thing to do, or the right thing to do, it is absolutely necessary for our species to survive on this planet much longer. Without it, things could spiral out of control very quickly. Extremism is a deadly problem shared by all religious groups on our planet. Their ideology ALWAYS represents a tiny fraction in numbers compared to the main body of believers. NO large religion on earth is immune or innocent in this department. As human beings, we are all completely unique, with a little thing called "will power", and some will always be far more aggressive than others in their religious and political ideologies. We (in all of our brilliance), have engineered some pretty incredible weapons of mass destruction (The H-bomb is approx. 500 times more powerful than the standard atomic used on Hiroshima, for example). Humanity must keep stability in the world, or face almost certain extinction.

Occasionally, even someone with a good career, or possibly even wealth may have an insatiable appetite for an extreme sense of personal significance, and of course there are both positive and negative ways to accomplish this. Every human personality on earth is incredibly complex and unique, which does present some pretty serious security challenges.

While greedy corporations and dictators are sucking the healthy lifespans of 80% of us up with a straw for peanuts, the terrorists are stealing what's left of the peace-of-mind from many in the world. The world is not going to tolerate either one for very much longer. We (the masses) have two very major things going for us: 1. An intellect which is (in many cases) equal to or greater than the elite few who seem to be running the show, and 2. Sheer numbers. Economically, much of the distribution of power that we are currently experiencing was established many years ago, long before our generations came on the scene. There is only so much of this nonsense that the world will tolerate and then we (the vast majority) are going to reach the limit (and that time is coming soon). We all need to grow up, get over ourselves, and start respecting each other as equals, as excessive ego is the very nature of man.

We are living in a much more enlightened age now, and when enough citizens are informed & feel sufficiently "ripped off", then revolt begins. In Syria, this began in 2011. The main reason for these revolts is almost always economic inequality. For some reason, authoritarian regimes are never very interested in sharing the wealth either. Bashar Al-Assad, a western-trained doctor, is now worth well over $1.5 billion. Under his rule, the gap between the rich elite, & the poor majority in Syria has grown much wider. This has left the door wide open for extremist groups like ISIS to spread quickly.

The main reason why Jihadists are able to recruit young people from the west, is that these youth are looking for a sense of purpose in life. This is also the same reason why it's critical for young people to find rewarding careers. If they cannot, many will undoubtedly turn to crime and/or terrorism. Many people have a deep-rooted desire to have a significant life (now more than ever). If they cannot accomplish this in a positive and constructive way, the chances of them looking elsewhere go up dramatically. The sad reality is that the root cause of this problem (high unemployment rates) is simply not their fault. Many countries are just now starting to realize this, and are starting to fight terrorism with youth counselling and job search assistance. In other words, the polarizing labor market in the west is dramatically contributing to terrorism and crime overall.

There is a disturbing trend of companies (and governments) expecting young people to work for free after graduating from university or college, to gain work experience. In my opinion, unpaid internships are a disgrace and bordering on criminal. We have labor laws to prevent this sort of thing from happening, and now it's being encouraged. These kids have huge student loans to pay off. Educational institutions are making huge profits from these students, as they are businesses like any other. They've already worked extremely hard to become educated and they deserve to be paid once they start working. Even if internships paid a lower wage, it would make a lot more sense than what is going on now.

Much of the conflict we are seeing in recent years, months, and days, is basically coming from people with a strong thirst for a grander sense of purpose in life. Some are just not happy with a more humdrum & normal life. This is where it gets a little tricky, as this same sense of grand purpose can cause some to achieve amazing and constructive things. Others choose the paths of least resistance and produce tragic & destructive results. In both cases, it's being fueled (deep down in the mind) by the same thing; the human ego. By far the most powerful human force in the world.

It requires vastly more talent, skill, intelligence and knowledge to achieve constructive than it does destructive. It's much easier to run around and blow things up than it is to say, find the cure for Cancer. Extreme ideologies of any nature tend to breed the more destructive behavior, and in part, it's simply a vent for aggression and frustration. Countries like Syria & Iraq offer very little hope for a positive & constructive sense of purpose in life for many of their citizens. This leaves the door wide open for the opposite.

Discussion #27C - Conflict in Afghanistan

It's no surprise to many, that Trump has decided to NOT follow his instincts, and remain in Afghanistan for many more years (after almost two decades already). This war, which started in 2001, is the longest running in US history. The American military machine must have it's quota of conflict, or this humongous US industry will not be sustainable, or have enough reason to produce lots of war toys, drones, ships, planes, guns, tanks, bombs, etc. All these years of fighting, killing, & dying in this country, and as usual, the world is no further ahead in any way, except for profit to this industry.

The United States needs more jobs and business activity just like every other country, but there are much better and more humane ways of accomplishing this. This would also be the main reason why Trump is also toying with the idea of getting involved militarily with the internal Venezuelan conflict, even though it has virtually nothing to do with them.

Discussion #27D - The Military

Keep in mind that America's biggest industry is the military. 39% of the world budget of $1.76 trillion per year is the U.S. alone. As the world globalizes, some countries are starting to specialize in certain areas. China is manufacturing, the U.S. is military. Over 3 million full-time people are currently employed, directly or indirectly. It is basically the biggest jobs creation program in the world. The unemployment rate (in the U.S.) would rise from 9.5% to over 11.5% without it. Without a conflict, most will be sitting behind a desk. There are two very major factors that also play a role in most modern military conflicts. The first is that the entire western world is completely addicted to oil, and the second is the sheer size of this industry.

Where the money is coming from to feed this industry is of course tax dollars, much of which is being tacked onto the growing government debt. This debt is then passed on to future generations. These children, grandchildren, etc. will be forced to pay the growing interest bill required to service these debts. China, on the other hand, is on the receiving end of much of this interest. They are playing a completely different game. As the Chinese government is extremely rich with virtually no real debt issues, they are simply allowing the (Chinese) citizens which they feel are more significant to become extremely wealthy. Their citizens which they feel are vastly less significant (the majority) are treated more as money-making machines for their elite classes.

This is the main reason why mainland China (excluding Hong Kong) does not allow it's citizens to have access to Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more than 2,700 other popular websites. They instead have their own censored versions. If all of this sounds a bit controlling, elitist, greedy & evil, it's because it is. The world is quickly evolving in a positive direction, but we have a long way to go. America and China are not evil countries, they are amazing countries with incredible history and culture, with a lot of room for improvement. Every country has a lot of room for improvement.

Discussion #27E - Conclusion

A big part of the reason why certain countries function very differently than others, is actually the average personality of their citizens. This is obviously just one of many factors, but it's a big one. Some citizens are far more compliant, and are basically ok with (possibly) the far more controlling nature of their government. Others are not nearly as compliant. Often there is a lot of fear involved, which keeps many from standing up for themselves. There are other big differences in average personality as well, such as the intro/extroverted nature of a countries' citizens.

Brazil for example, is known for being extremely extroverted in nature, while Britian far more introverted. The average American more brash, in China far more industrious, and in Canada, kind of "nice". Even though globally we are all equals, there are obvious differences in the average personality of people in different cultures around the world. Different, yet completely equal in significance as human beings, similar to the differences between men and women.

This seems to be the toughest truth for many to really get a grip on. If we as a species could truly get this reality through our thick heads, this would likely be the end of all major conflicts on earth. As an added bonus, it would also eliminate all forms of racism as well. Respect is what most of us are really looking for in life, and world leaders are no different. In fact, this is exactly what is fueling the nuclear tensions between Kim & Trump, (along with the desire for even more global attention). This explains all the ridiculous rhetoric, and why they sound like kindergarten children arguing in the schoolyard. Kids will do pretty much anything for attention too. If we the human race were not so compartmentalized and tribal, there would be no need or motive for war. There simply would be no war.
Discussion #27A - Potential Conflict with North Korea

If Trump and Kim start going at each other and it spirals out of control, it likely won't just be a nuclear pissing contest at the expense of tens of thousands of innocent lives, it'll likely be the start of WW3. China agrees with North Korea's view of being a victim of American aggression. If the US does anything to majorly alienate China, then we have ourselves a serious problem. The Korean war is still fresh in the minds of many North (& South) Koreans, and American forces did 88% of the fighting (mainly massive bombing), with a huge number of casualties. The UN was in charge, and came to the aid of South Korea when the North invaded. China came to the aid of North Korea later on in the war. This conflict started in 1950, and finished in 1953. To this day, no peace treaty was ever signed, which means that North & South Korea are still technically at war.

North Korea does not have a lot of allies, but China & Russia are indeed two of them (partly because they share some land border). However, even North Korea's allies are virtually all starting to use sanctions to try and curb Kim's nuclear aspirations. China has long been an ally, but does not think much of Kim as a leader, likely viewing him as far too unstable to trust with a vast nuclear arsenal. Many around the world are well aware of Kim's history of executing any North Korean's who stand in his way, or misplease him in any fashion. He recently had his own uncle, along with his top 5 aids, executed by hungry dog. He and 300 others watched as 120 starving dogs ate them alive until nothing was left.

China could put a ton of pressure on NK using sanctions, since much of North Korea's food and supplies come from China, but are relunctant to, since they fear it will completely unravel NK, & cause massive numbers of refugees to pour into China. Most would choose China over attempting to cross into South Korea due to landmines, etc. at the two Korea's border, not to mention the incredible hatred that North Koreans have for SK and the US. China is very smart, they do not want war, and have made it clear they will support whichever country does NOT strike first in a military conflict.

North Korea is an extremely impoverished country, with the exception of Kim & his regime. His net worth is estimated to be around $5 billion, while the average North Korean worker earns .50 to $1 per hour. This ranks NK as one of the world's most currupt countries. Most of the government budget goes towards the military, with virtually nothing going towards social programs or food assistance. This countries' citizens are on their own, and as a result, one third of NK children have stunted growth from malnutrition, and the infant mortality rate is 33%. Any citizen who tries to leave North Korea for any reason (and is caught) is sent to a prison labor camp, or worse. Kim has been making some pretty serious threats toward the US and South Korea for years now, so it's difficult to know just how serious these threats really are. I personally think it's probably a good idea to let him know exactly how the world will respond, if he were to initiate a conflict with any other country.

Mass killing technology is now to the point where unity beween countries, ethnic groups, religions, etc. MUST grow, or WW3 will cause our species' extinction in a very short period of time. Let's not be afraid, hide from, or ignore this fact, let's do something about it.

Discussion #27B - Conflict in Syria & Iraq

The entire world is pretty much in agreement on what needs to happen in Syria and Iraq. The direction the world is quickly evolving towards is peace, justice and stability. Man and woman-kind has evolved past the point of toleration for what has been going on recently in these areas. There is currently no country on earth that is being run in a perfect fashion, they all have their problems, but this is just too much for most people to stomach.

How the vast majority of people on earth are choosing to live (of all faiths and ethnicity) is in peace, love, freedom, harmony, happiness and joy, and this is where the world is going. It's an awesome steaming locomotive that can't be stopped. Those who are not on board with this had better get out of the way. Most of us have different opinions on what happens to us in the afterlife, but are choosing to respect these differences, and are allowing our fellow human beings to live in peace. To live any other way is completely egomaniacal and evil. Yes, Capitalistic greed is also equally evil, but two wrongs do not make a right.

Religious tolerance is not just the nice thing to do, or the right thing to do, it is absolutely necessary for our species to survive on this planet much longer. Without it, things could spiral out of control very quickly. Extremism is a deadly problem shared by all religious groups on our planet. Their ideology ALWAYS represents a tiny fraction in numbers compared to the main body of believers. NO large religion on earth is immune or innocent in this department. As human beings, we are all completely unique, with a little thing called "will power", and some will always be far more aggressive than others in their religious and political ideologies. We (in all of our brilliance), have engineered some pretty incredible weapons of mass destruction (The H-bomb is approx. 500 times more powerful than the standard atomic used on Hiroshima, for example). Humanity must keep stability in the world, or face almost certain extinction.

Occasionally, even someone with a good career, or possibly even wealth may have an insatiable appetite for an extreme sense of personal significance, and of course there are both positive and negative ways to accomplish this. Every human personality on earth is incredibly complex and unique, which does present some pretty serious security challenges.

While greedy corporations and dictators are sucking the healthy lifespans of 80% of us up with a straw for peanuts, the terrorists are stealing what's left of the peace-of-mind from many in the world. The world is not going to tolerate either one for very much longer. We (the masses) have two very major things going for us: 1. An intellect which is (in many cases) equal to or greater than the elite few who seem to be running the show, and 2. Sheer numbers. Economically, much of the distribution of power that we are currently experiencing was established many years ago, long before our generations came on the scene. There is only so much of this nonsense that the world will tolerate and then we (the vast majority) are going to reach the limit (and that time is coming soon). We all need to grow up, get over ourselves, and start respecting each other as equals, as excessive ego is the very nature of man.

We are living in a much more enlightened age now, and when enough citizens are informed & feel sufficiently "ripped off", then revolt begins. In Syria, this began in 2011. The main reason for these revolts is almost always economic inequality. For some reason, authoritarian regimes are never very interested in sharing the wealth either. Bashar Al-Assad, a western-trained doctor, is now worth well over $1.5 billion. Under his rule, the gap between the rich elite, & the poor majority in Syria has grown much wider. This has left the door wide open for extremist groups like ISIS to spread quickly.

The main reason why Jihadists are able to recruit young people from the west, is that these youth are looking for a sense of purpose in life. This is also the same reason why it's critical for young people to find rewarding careers. If they cannot, many will undoubtedly turn to crime and/or terrorism. Many people have a deep-rooted desire to have a significant life (now more than ever). If they cannot accomplish this in a positive and constructive way, the chances of them looking elsewhere go up dramatically. The sad reality is that the root cause of this problem (high unemployment rates) is simply not their fault. Many countries are just now starting to realize this, and are starting to fight terrorism with youth counselling and job search assistance. In other words, the polarizing labor market in the west is dramatically contributing to terrorism and crime overall.

There is a disturbing trend of companies (and governments) expecting young people to work for free after graduating from university or college, to gain work experience. In my opinion, unpaid internships are a disgrace and bordering on criminal. We have labor laws to prevent this sort of thing from happening, and now it's being encouraged. These kids have huge student loans to pay off. Educational institutions are making huge profits from these students, as they are businesses like any other. They've already worked extremely hard to become educated and they deserve to be paid once they start working. Even if internships paid a lower wage, it would make a lot more sense than what is going on now.

Much of the conflict we are seeing in recent years, months, and days, is basically coming from people with a strong thirst for a grander sense of purpose in life. Some are just not happy with a more humdrum & normal life. This is where it gets a little tricky, as this same sense of grand purpose can cause some to achieve amazing and constructive things. Others choose the paths of least resistance and produce tragic & destructive results. In both cases, it's being fueled (deep down in the mind) by the same thing; the human ego. By far the most powerful human force in the world.

It requires vastly more talent, skill, intelligence and knowledge to achieve constructive than it does destructive. It's much easier to run around and blow things up than it is to say, find the cure for Cancer. Extreme ideologies of any nature tend to breed the more destructive behavior, and in part, it's simply a vent for aggression and frustration. Countries like Syria & Iraq offer very little hope for a positive & constructive sense of purpose in life for many of their citizens. This leaves the door wide open for the opposite.

Discussion #27C - Conflict in Afghanistan

It's no surprise to many, that Trump has decided to NOT follow his instincts, and remain in Afghanistan for many more years (after almost two decades already). This war, which started in 2001, is the longest running in US history. The American military machine must have it's quota of conflict, or this humongous US industry will not be sustainable, or have enough reason to produce lots of war toys, drones, ships, planes, guns, tanks, bombs, etc. All these years of fighting, killing, & dying in this country, and as usual, the world is no further ahead in any way, except for profit to this industry.

The United States needs more jobs and business activity just like every other country, but there are much better and more humane ways of accomplishing this. This would also be the main reason why Trump is also toying with the idea of getting involved militarily with the internal Venezuelan conflict, even though it has virtually nothing to do with them.

Discussion #27D - The Military

Keep in mind that America's biggest industry is the military. 39% of the world budget of $1.76 trillion per year is the U.S. alone. As the world globalizes, some countries are starting to specialize in certain areas. China is manufacturing, the U.S. is military. Over 3 million full-time people are currently employed, directly or indirectly. It is basically the biggest jobs creation program in the world. The unemployment rate (in the U.S.) would rise from 9.5% to over 11.5% without it. Without a conflict, most will be sitting behind a desk. There are two very major factors that also play a role in most modern military conflicts. The first is that the entire western world is completely addicted to oil, and the second is the sheer size of this industry.

Where the money is coming from to feed this industry is of course tax dollars, much of which is being tacked onto the growing government debt. This debt is then passed on to future generations. These children, grandchildren, etc. will be forced to pay the growing interest bill required to service these debts. China, on the other hand, is on the receiving end of much of this interest. They are playing a completely different game. As the Chinese government is extremely rich with virtually no real debt issues, they are simply allowing the (Chinese) citizens which they feel are more significant to become extremely wealthy. Their citizens which they feel are vastly less significant (the majority) are treated more as money-making machines for their elite classes.

This is the main reason why mainland China (excluding Hong Kong) does not allow it's citizens to have access to Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more than 2,700 other popular websites. They instead have their own censored versions. If all of this sounds a bit controlling, elitist, greedy & evil, it's because it is. The world is quickly evolving in a positive direction, but we have a long way to go. America and China are not evil countries, they are amazing countries with incredible history and culture, with a lot of room for improvement. Every country has a lot of room for improvement.

Discussion #27E - Conclusion

A big part of the reason why certain countries function very differently than others, is actually the average personality of their citizens. This is obviously just one of many factors, but it's a big one. Some citizens are far more compliant, and are basically ok with (possibly) the far more controlling nature of their government. Others are not nearly as compliant. Often there is a lot of fear involved, which keeps many from standing up for themselves. There are other big differences in average personality as well, such as the intro/extroverted nature of a countries' citizens.

Brazil for example, is known for being extremely extroverted in nature, while Britian far more introverted. The average American more brash, in China far more industrious, and in Canada, kind of "nice". Even though globally we are all equals, there are obvious differences in the average personality of people in different cultures around the world. Different, yet completely equal in significance as human beings, similar to the differences between men and women.

This seems to be the toughest truth for many to really get a grip on. If we as a species could truly get this reality through our thick heads, this would likely be the end of all major conflicts on earth. As an added bonus, it would also eliminate all forms of racism as well. Respect is what most of us are really looking for in life, and world leaders are no different. In fact, this is exactly what is fueling the nuclear tensions between Kim & Trump, (along with the desire for even more global attention). This explains all the ridiculous rhetoric, and why they sound like kindergarten children arguing in the schoolyard. Kids will do pretty much anything for attention too. If we the human race were not so compartmentalized and tribal, there would be no need or motive for war. There simply would be no war.