As we approach the end of 2021, we try to take stock of the passing year and wonder what 2022 will bring. 2021 was a good year, a year of useful learning. Learning may have been unpleasant, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t value in what we as humanity have received.
The main lesson we learned this year was that nature is sovereign and we are its subjects. If we remember this lesson, we will avoid future mistakes that could cost mankind countless lives and terrible disasters.
Another good lesson of the past year is that world powers must put their relations in order if they are to avoid conflicts that could escalate into full-scale war. Clearly, there is a difference between what governments want and what reality dictates. But they seem to have learned their lesson.
The clashes between America, Russia and Europe, particularly NATO and Russia, clarify a lot. In the end, they will bring countries closer to peace, or at least to a truce.
Economically, there is no doubt that China’s future depends on the United States. If the U.S. restricts its purchases from China even slightly, it would greatly upset China. They have nowhere to sell but America.
Over the past year, and even earlier, the U.S. has given huge sums of money to its people as bailout packages. China needs Americans to spend this money on Chinese goods to keep its economy afloat. If Americans stop buying goods from China, the giant from the east will fall.
As for the virus, it is here to stay, as we have written since the beginning. However, we seem to be learning how to fight it – how to live with the virus.
Gradually the virus will teach us what we should and should not do in life. That’s why it won’t go away, at least not until it teaches us to take only what we need and devote our time and effort to building supportive human relationships. Instead of wasting our efforts on war and the over-exploitation of natural resources.