PROMOTE CULTURE – DO SOMETHING TO PROMOTE CULTURE TODAY !
China’s literal translation of its name means ‘Middle country’ signalling a old belief that it is the center of the world. It is not a stretch of the imagination to envisage a future where this is a reality, and China becomes the center of the world. Its economy is the strongest in the world making it the most powerful country in the year 2012, its a place I have always wanted to visit. Primarily because of its culture and history and I also believe that it is important to not forget these aspects of China. Even if its current government occasionally oppress its people and the total population is unknown its still a place of interest. Tea was first discovered and popularized in china and exported in the year 1903 and Paper was invented by the eunuch Ts’ai Lun. According to the official history of the Han dynasty (3rd century A.D.), Ts’ai Lun was given an aristocratic title after he presented Emperor Ho Ti with samples of paper. In 751 A.D., Chinese papermakers were captured by the Arabs at Samarkand, and by 794 A.D. several state-owned paper mills operated in Baghdad. The Arabs were manufacturing paper in Spain around 1150. It was not until 1590 that the first English paper mill was founded, at Dartford.
‘And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.’ – William Shakespeare .
It seems like a huge progression the creation of the internet has created a new sensation of communication one that is global. Furthermore it has allowed for people to voice their own opinions and share their experiences of life. It is perhaps the biggest platform for change since the industrial revolution and in its entirety, is a stage for people to openly challenge existing hegemonic and cultural values. Perhaps the internet if kept free from commercialisation can support an expanding notion of multiculturalism and human evolution. It can support the growth of new ideas and perspectives and participate in the solidarity needed to promote social stability. In these hard times one thing is for sure, communication needs to increase and confidence in our collective existence should keep expanding.