"Every perception is to some degree an act of creation, and every act of memory is to some degree an act of imagination."

-- Gerald Edelman, Second Nature: Brain Science and Human Knowledge
1 People being able to work well together, united behind a common view of how they should be together1 Other exogenous shocks such as acts of naturePeople being able to work well together, united behind a common view of how they should be togetherThe items that are most important in making a great empire are…The War with Ourselves: The Enemy Is UsChapter 7: US-China Relations and Wars2020-10-18Journal1 Other exogenous shocks such as acts of nature2 Other exogenous shocks such as acts of nature3 Other exogenous shocks such as acts of nature4 Other exogenous shocks such as acts of nature5 Other exogenous shocks such as acts of nature6 Other exogenous shocks such as acts of nature7 Other exogenous shocks such as acts of nature8 Other exogenous shocks such as acts of nature Other exogenous shocks such as acts of nature (e.g., plagues, droughts, or floods) can occur during times of vulnerabilities which, if they happen, increase the risk of a self-reinforcing downward spiral. The internal wars and challenges in both China and the US are more important and bigger than external wars and challenges.  These include political wars within the leadership of the country and at all levels of government, wars between different factions (e.g., the rich and the poor, the rural and the urban, conservatives and progressives, ethnic groups, etc.), demographic changes, climate changes, etc.  Fortunately, the most important of these forces are within our control and are measurable, which allows us to see how we are doing and, if we’re not doing well, to make changes so these things move in the right directions.  By and large we will get what we deserve.  As Churchill said to the British people, “Deserve Victory!” Continue reading… Index 1 Other exogenous shocks such as acts of nature 2 Other exogenous shocks such as acts of nature 3 Other exogenous shocks such as acts of nature 4 Other exogenous shocks such as acts of nature 5 Other exogenous shocks such as acts of nature 6 Other exogenous shocks such as acts of nature 7 Other exogenous shocks such as acts of nature 8 Other exogenous shocks such as acts of nature Continue reading…