Tomorrow (January 1, 2022) marks exactly four years since the publication of my book, titled “Is the West in Decline? A Study of ‘World Order’ and U.S. ‘Relative Decline.” Over the course of four years since the publication of a book that I wrote over the course of my late twenties, experience would perhaps prompt a person to reconsider what one has written in the past, given that what I wrote in the book was written at a very young age and with fewer life experiences than I would have had I written the book now or even later. Since the publication of my book on January 1st 2018, I worked with an ambassador of a country, got married, developed a blog, encountered a bored and desperate news anchorwoman in London, and have thus arrived at the present moment in anticipation for what is to come.
But when I consider and reflect on what I have written in the book in light of my various experiences over the course of the last four years, there is very little – if anything – that I would change. If anything, the experience and knowledge I have derived from the last four years since the publication of my book are either suitable add-ons to what I published in the book, or the experiences and knowledge actually enhance what I wrote in the book. Thus, there is very little that I regret – if anything – over the course of the last four years.
As the late Nelson Mandela said: “I don’t lose. I either win or learn.” Over time, the drunkenness and ecstasy of youth transforms into the sobriety and Zen of adulthood. Thus, I am approaching the sobriety and Zen of adulthood now that I have arrived at the prime of my adulthood. Also, with an arrival at a certain state of sobriety and Zen, meditation and intuition compel a person to become desireless.
Thus, the goal for me from a personal standpoint – and aside from academic or professional considerations – is to become desireless. To achieve sobriety and Zen from a personal standpoint, one must become desireless. And only when a person becomes desireless can a person truly excel from an academic and professional standpoint. Much of the breakthroughs I had with this blog over the course of the last few months was by mentally and psychologically facilitating a transition away from the remnants of drunkenness and ecstasy of youth and towards the sobriety and Zen of adulthood which in turn is necessary for the conduct of academic and professional affairs.
And as I mentioned before, an existential and phenomenological method towards the navigation and understanding of international affairs – which is a method I stumbled upon since the publication of my book exactly four years ago – enables a person to anticipate and foreshadow what is to come. One cannot become the “State Genius” that Bismarck considered as vital for the functions and operations of a state without having foresight and intuition. But if there is any clarification that is needed, the onus is on others to acquire that clarification. After all, and as the Ancient Greek proverb states: “To be genius is to be misunderstood.”