Power might be the most dominant human force. Not only in individuals (ie, micro) but also in groups, nations, and – more recently in human history – also in blocs (ie, macro). The belief systems in the Power domain are Money, Politics, Religion (out in 2019), and Technology (new in 2019).
My diagram does not show the Power conquests by individuals (eg, Crusades, European settlers in USA), nor by groups (eg, supremacists), or by nations (eg, Spanish invasion of Inca Empire).
My diagram is about geopolitical blocs (eg, military, political, trading). A bloc demonstrates superior Power.
An alliance (eg, China + Russia) is inferior to a bloc because an alliance is like a single-issue “bloc”. Hence, member interests will diverge over time.
A bloc is a group of befriended nations, in which different views on single-issues are part of the package.
The identification of friend or foe has always been important (eg, military command and control). Today, the entire world is being split into friends OR foes (eg, Wiki) following several developments (eg, Covid origin, Ukraine invasion). The nonaligned world is under pressure to take sides.
My 2018-2019 blogs on decoupling have left me wondering about the next phase. Any decoupling will always result in a new coupling. Any vacuum is always temporary because outside pressure insists to fill it. I think, feel and believe that friend OR foe is the new coupling in this Century.
Usually, science-fiction shows us the road from fiction towards facts, (eg, science, technology). Time travel might still be the exception. Sci-fi series, like Star Wars, argue there will be interplanetary blocs. Essentially, it would be an expansion from geopolitical blocs to universal blocs.
“Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead.An alleged quote by Albert Camus (1913-1960), “an Algerian-born French philosopher, author, dramatist, and journalist.”
Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow.
Just walk beside me and be my friend”
and optional 4th line:
“And together we will walk in the ways of Hashem.”
Power to All Our Friends (1973) by Cliff Richard
Eurovision Song Contest 1973
artist, lyrics, video, Wiki-artist, Wiki-song
Note: all markings (bold, italic, underlining) by LO unless in quotes or stated otherwise.