The Chinese have delivered the most technologically advanced opening ceremonies in Olympic history. And truly staggering stuff aesthetically. A key theme was “harmony” — but sadly the country achieves only a surface harmony, one built on stifling dissidents and on the most carbon-intensive economy in the world.
Surely a country with a 5000-year history, that brought us Confucius and Lao Tzu, that first created many of the core inventions of the modern world, that is capable of such a stunning achievement as these opening ceremonies — surely such a country can develop without destroying both itself and the rest of the planet.
This century’s two great economic powers — China and United States — will either leave the world towards a sustainable, low-carbon that sustains the health and well-being of the next 50 generations or we will be reviled as pariah nations for centuries to come. It really shouldn’t be a hard choice.