(Hong Kong) – Houston, we have a problem.
Yes, I have discovered the entire problem with America. It is a matter of geographic confusion.
See, all you Americans brought your European orientation with you, which has led to tremendous cognitive dissonance and a desire to bomb everything until it makes sense. Here are just some of the problems:
Americans live on a continent that was publicized by Christopher Columbus, but was named after Amerigo Vespucci. Big problem! See? First of all, Americans are taught that Columbus “discovered” America, but in fact he never set foot on the mainland – at least not according to his logs. Second, if Chris “discovered” the continent, why is it named after Amerigo? Third, how can you “discover” something that already has millions of inhabitants, hosted great civilizations and was noted in maps and various writings at least 1,000 years before? This is a classic case of a break-away civilization having occult knowledge of something and choosing a particular time and place to announce it, once society had been properly conditioned, of course.s
The next major problem is a profound confusion of where the continent of America is located. See, Americans call Asia and the Arabian peninsula “Far East” and “Middle East”. The problem here is that from America, it would be more proper to call it “Near West” and “Far West”. Think how many problems could be solved just by reorienting the geography a bit. No wonder Americans are consistently ranked among the populations with the lowest geographical knowledge. Now, the East Indies become the West Indies, and the West Indies become the American Indies, because they are located in the Caribbean. Duh!
The next major problem with Americans is that they call themselves “Americans,” while calling everyone else in the hemisphere by their country of origin. Yes, Americans are Americans, but all other North and South Americans are Canadians, or Mexicans, or Columbians (named after Columbus who never went there), etc. This leads to a form of mass megalomania where the entire population of America thinks it is the only America, and everyone else is an interloper. If everyone started calling themselves by their State names, such as Texan, or Floridian, or New Yorker, this would clear up so much mass delusion and misunderstanding.
And this leads to another major problem looming on the horizon: magnetic pole reversal. It’s inevitable and may happen sooner than later, but what are Americans going to do when it happens? They are already suffering from a serious case of cognitive dissonance. Throw in the fact that North is now South, and talk about a bunch of people with severe disorientation! North America will suddenly become South America, and since Americas are so used to thinking of South America as the “Third World,” and at a lower rung on the evolutionary ladder that they will either have to deny that compassed point South now, or they will acquiesce and finally admit that they are not as suave and “developed” as they thought they were. This is about the only place on Earth that will have to change its continental moniker. The only other adjustments will be changing the South China Sea to the North China Sea (thereby saving a lot of sabre rattling) and Australia will have to come up with a new name (Borealia?), because “austral” means South. Of course, the aurorae Borealis will also become the aurorae Australis. We’ll let Antarctica off the hook.
Of course, when the poles reverse, we can just leave Middle East and Far East alone, since it will now be true.
Naturally, all this confusion did not spontaneously arise. It had its genesis in Europe, as most deep confusions do. See, Europeans call their chunk of land a continent. Now, any preschooler can look at a map and see that Europe and the Near, Middle and Far East are all one big wad of dirt. Africa can get away with it, because there is just a tiny bit of land in Sinai connecting it to the other chunk. This is probably why folks have been fighting over this tiny wasteland for so damn long. It could also be why they dug a trench from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean, just to emphasize the separation. The Americas and Antarctica have clearer cases, especially since the Panama Canal carved a neat dividing line between the two in the 1920s. In fact, that was the whole reason for the canal – to reduce American’s cognitive dissonance about not really being separate from South America. Central America, well – I think we can all see that it is as much part of North America as Baja California or Florida are. At least we won’t have to change the name when the poles flip.
A final bit of confusion is the whole First, Second and Third World thing. You notice that no American ever refers to the Second World. They all want to be part of the First World. Sorry, Charlie, Europe took that position and relegated the rest of the world to second and third fiddle. Americans also like to refer to the “developing” world, as if every other country on Earth wants to look and feel just like America, and is in the process of doing just that. It makes those poor Americans so confused when they go places that don’t have McDonald’s and Holiday Inn. They feel like they are caught somewhere between the Second and Third Worlds.
At this point, one can begin to understand why America is wild about Donald Trump. For one thing, his name sounds like McDonald’s, but primarily, Americans have confused business acumen with statesmanship. Trump is not Putin. Putin has studied history and has a solid background in geopolitics and statecraft. Trump has a solid background in, uh, negotiations and shareholder love. Those who don’t support Trump have confused every other candidate as a trustworthy individual capable of running a country for any other reason than self-enrichment.
Poor confused Americans.