The key area that makes it possible for Asia to develop independently is the economy. Here the prospects are very impressive. Of course, we need to look at the situation soberly, to see both the difficulties and specific obstacles, which could impede us in achieving economic prosperity. However, the future is open, it can and should be built consciously, step by step, writes Valdai Club Chairman Andrey Bystritskiy.
It has become particularly banal to say that the world is changing irreversibly, that we have witnessed the formation of a new world order, a change in the configuration of human society. Most likely this is true, and — perhaps — the truth is painful. Therefore, the main question is how to respond to these changes, how to treat them, and what strategy to choose.
There are many types of human reactions to stress, to sudden changes in situations. Some freeze for a while, considering every ill-conceived movement an additional risk. Others may take flight in an attempt to move away from the source of uncertainty. Still others take an exploratory and creative approach. They analyse what is happening and try to find a model of behaviour in which they themselves adapt to what is happening, and adapt what is happening to themselves.
There is a point of view that our ancestors, hunter-gatherers who lived thousands of years ago, often differed precisely in their creative approach, tirelessly explored the environment, observed both the starry sky and the behaviour of animals, and even changed the environment, making it more convenient, comfortable and safe for themselves.