Sanity of Big 4 Nations Examined

11 Mar

U.N. 2039

The official dispatch from United Nations Headquarters in Canberra, Australia contained guarded reference to the heated debate between advocates for including Brazil among the Big 4 and those opting for selecting Japan. Emotions had been heated at plenary sessions worldwide before the onset of the annual conference.

Japan, long a major player on the world stage had suffered financially early in the 21st century and after the Fukushima disaster, struggled mightily to retain its position. Brazil, on the other hand, had an ploddingly slow rise into late prominence by 2020.

The first act of the plenum was the vote which put Japan on the agenda rather than Brazil.
( This was only the third annual U.N. conference since Australia was chosen to replace New York City as U.N. Headquarters and was proving to be the most difficult.)

Our crew outside U.N. Headquarters here in Canberra strive to keep up with events happening inside and rely on delegates willing to talk off the record to us.
One of our wags has labeled this session … “Madness and the Web of Days”

When events in the Northern Hemisphere had become impossible to control, a series of treaties, pacts and detente’s had been initiated to curtail violence and retard further massive emigrations. When oil first hit $200 a barrel commercial air travel became history and made Australia a reluctant choice for U.N. Headquarters because of the travel distances involved for many countries. With stringent regs. on new growth it was impossible to even consider a permanent presence for delegates as had been the past custom. Reluctantly, a six to eight week annual session was established.

(Our crew left by steam/sail December 7 to assure being here and ready for this very sunny opening day, January 10, 2039.)

Scheduling of January as the annual date for meeting was prompted by the weather in the region but caused countless problems in transportation for northern countries. Travel of course is limited to sail assisted steamship for the most distant travelers and travel time is unpredictable. Adding to the daunting logistics is that, in addition to the delegates, staff and functionaries, a large contingent of mental health experts are included in this session. 2039 is shaping up to be a game changer year.

Female delegates have outnumbered males in the a ratio of three to one since the gender renaissance of the ‘UproaringTwenties’ and early thirties. Female assertiveness and refusal to countenance further degradation of the environment helped greatly in bringing about the detente’s, treaties and pacts that have cobbled together the tenuous ‘pax cogito’ we endure.

The keystone event on the calendar is scheduled for today’s session. As a carry over from the 2038 session, it is easily the most controversial and fraught with peril item ever attempted by the U.N. in its long history. Today will witness the four leading nations, China, Japan, United States and Russia on the proverbial couch each trying to prove why they should be judged the least psychopathic of the Big 4 nations. Scores of professionals recruited for psychological expertise will be laboring to examine past and recent performance to try to ascertain which of the group is most (least) likely to upset the delicate world equation. Such a psychoanalytical undertaking would have been unthinkable prior to the introduction of female sensibilities into world governance in recent years.

Rumors from our off the record delegates has produced hints a majority of delegates see Russia as the least mentally disturbed of the lot. Often cited was the remarkable transition that occurred in the later part of the 20th century during the collapse of 70 years of Soviet control. In a short period of time that nation underwent radical change with amazing resilience, reached down deep in the collective psyche for stability and balance and became a significant world force soon afterward despite constant provocation from the West.

When pressed for further word of final rankings, our delegates confessed witnessing profound confusion as to where to place China and the United States in the line-up. They are both seen as mentally unhinged and potentially deadly if ever lapsing back to former behaviors. That both were once incredibly materialistic and had exhibited profound motor car mania in the past is repeatedly cited.

Most delegates agreed the U.S. was the primary initiator of most of the excesses cited but China was scorned for ignoring history and having come willfully ‘late to the party’ as if nothing was known of the devastating negative impact of excess materialism and unbridled growth. Most agreed that perhaps the U.S. was slightly the lesser of evils since, as the novelist Gore Vidal often wrote, it was the ” United States of Amnesia”. In the early balloting China was higher in the rankings due to greater potential for psychopathic lapses than was the United States, but by only by a narrow margin.

Criticism of the ability of clinicians to attempt psychoanalysis at such removal from the subject was countered successfully by reminding delegates that during World War II Carl Jung, the noted Zurich analyst, was recruited by the Allies to psychoanalyze Adolph Hitler at considerable distance.

We now have firm reports in the standings i.e.; fourth among the four and lowest in potential threat to peace and stability in the future is Russia. The United States, almost by default,’ Amnesia’ being the droll deciding factor, was ranking next by a slim margin. ( Many in the mental health community were very reluctant to cede this position to the U.S. because of her militaristic excesses over countless decades. None the less, as several colleagues insisted: recent behaviors must take precedence over past misdeeds.) China, therefore comes in second from the top.

One historian among our group harrumphed,” If the Ming Emperor had not called back his immense treasure fleet in 1433, the tardy effort launched in 1492 by Christendom would have had different results and most of the Western hemisphere would be speaking Mandarin and we wouldn’t here.”

Final balloting was overwhelmingly in favor of putting Japan firmly as the number one candidate for future psychopathology.

The plenum discounted the militarism of the nineteen thirties and even the atrocities attributed to her armies. Japan’s chronic lack of petroleum and world events that preceded Pearl Harbor were weighed and discounted. But what could not be ignored was the nation’s pell-mell rush into nuclear power generation in a terrain totally unsuited for it. They felt that Japan had willfully ignored the dangers inherent with so many nukes in a densely crowded land with two hundred volcanoes and subject to some 1500 earthquakes annually.

The determining factor, however, was the continued pursuit of this technology after the disasters at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. There was even considerable effort to restart idled power stations after Fukushima: a singular nightmare that is still an ongoing problem.

Sign off**
With this major issue of potential future national pathology hopefully resolved, we look forward to reporting the policy suggestions touching upon the findings as released.

“Madness and the Web of Days” Crew


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