The Great Wall of China was built as early as the 7th century BC along the historical northern borders of China to protect the Empire from warlike nomadic peoples. But it is one thing to designate territorial boundaries and build physical walls, and another to put up walls in our mind.
It is one thing to feel nationalistic, and another to close one’s mind.
But it is exactly these two combined which led to World War II.
The reality of population growth and limited resources was justification for the Nazi’s Lebensraum and Japan’s Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere (大東亜共栄圏 Dai-tō-a Kyōeiken), and military conquest was the only option.
At least we know now whether or not that would work.
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Now, as the world’s population continues to grow, resources are becoming even more scarce. So why should we limit the human mind in finding ways to solve these problems?
We cannot easily control the amount of resources the world has, but we can surely control the amount of information that enters our mind.
If we do not increase our own knowledge, can we find answers to our problems?
If we choose to close our minds, can we resolve issues and conflicts?
So the more difficult a problem is, wouldn’t we need to open our mind to more knowledge rather than close it?
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