What Does It Mean to Be Developed?

UN defines a developed country being a country generally with a per capita income around or above $12,000.

China is considered a developing country because of its low income per capita, still is, since the population is huge.

I talked to a friend last night, and something he said really gave me deep thoughts.

He came from a small country in Central America, El Salvador. It is a country neighboring Honduras. The two countries once had a war that only lasted 4 days.

I initially thought that El Salvador is just like any Latin America country that is just slums-covered, chaotic and poor. However, according to him, it is completely not the case.

El Salvador has big money, and much of those money comes from local crime activities. The country is not poor, it’s just violence is very rampant.

He introduced me to other countries around El Salvador, it seems like people there are doing ok. I wish one day I can visit those countries and see for myself, that how they are actually doing.

According to this friend, Latin America, a lot of countries live a decent and moderate life. A life where you have family, and family traditions are protected. One that won’t pit you against one another in a society. Such life sounds like a breeze in tropical summer, quiet and nice.

“What is developed my friend? People here say they are a developed country, but racism is rampant, people are competitive and fight against one another, they also have dangerous neighborhoods.”

The definition of developed might not be the case of pure monetary value. It is quite apparent that money doesn’t solve anything, and people in the west are proud of such system.

In Montreal, the city looks very bleak to me, and especially now it’s winter.

“Is there racism in this city?”

“Well definitely. I’ve experienced that myself.”

And voila, I myself also experience quite often racism in Montreal. Montreal is like any white city in North America, competitive and reserved.

Racism itself is close-mindedness. Racism doesn’t only put other races in a bad position, but also the “privileged” race in a bad position. Because the so-called privileged race is supposed to act accordingly, lest it becomes one of the other “inferior” races.

So when I talk about racism, it’s not like as if we don’t have racism back in China. We have that as well.

Defining racism as the discrimination towards a group of people, with irrational purposes, such behavior is quite prevalent.

In China, racism manifests in the form of regional discrimination. You are discriminated if you are not a local. And this is quite common in major cities like Shanghai, and Guangdong province. I experienced those stupid shit myself so I can attest this.

Close-mindedness in itself is an obstacle towards greater improvements. Because it’s stupid. In order to have a meritocracy, you shouldn’t have “racism” inside the system, because it won’t work, and it slows everything down.

In this case, I am wondering about Montreal and “developed” quite a lot.

In my mind, there is an ultimate society that it can incorporate meritocracy and libertarianism quite well, and push development of the country.

This friend of mine taught me a good lesson.

In case of valuing a country’s development, it’s important to note that how well the citizens are–the quality of life.

Are citizens happy? Are they productive enough?

As Marcus Cicero believes, a strong nation is founded on the welfare of citizens. The citizens should be the most benefited from such system.

We need to question ourselves a lot, when we run a country. How well are the citizens?

You don’t want a city that is China 2.0, you don’t want a city that most of its activities are just rigid, you don’t want a city that discriminates immigrants.

You don’t want a country such as this either.

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