"The real wealthy are not those who chase after money but those who chase after passion and value; the real knowledgeable are not those who memorize what has been discovered but those who set out to discover; the ones who are truly loved are not those who chase after love but those who maintain their integrity and soulfulness; the real powerful countries are not those who chase after power but those that chase after freedom and rights for their citizens."
By Kai Chen 陈凯 （Reprint 10/2/2011)
Many from China have told me that America is powerful is because America is wealthy, and they think if China is wealthy it will be powerful and therefore will be great as America. The communist party in China also propagates this idea that wealth is everything and with China being rich it will be powerful and great.
It seems everything that comes out of China is the opposite of what it really is and should be. Everything people perceive in China is an illusion. Everything that comes out of the Chinese mouths is a lie, a lie to themselves and a lie to the world.
Does wealth come out of values or values come out of wealth? Does power lead to greatness or greatness lead to power? The Chinese got it all wrong.
The reason that America is the only superpower today is not because America's wealth and military power, but because of the set of values and institutions that America is based upon and adheres. I like to list just a few of those fundamental values and institutions:
1. The Christian roots and values on which the early Americans built their institutions. Moral absolutes, hardword, free expression of ideas, individual responsibilites, reason and logic are just a few of those that reflected American mindset.
2. Great founding fathers with their original and revolutionary ideas that lead to a entirely new set of political institutions that ensure the freedom and rights of every citizens in America. American Constitution is only one such examples.
3. A vibarant population of immigrants and a culture and institution of immigration. Fresh new blood what seeks freedom and creativity continues to flow into America. Not only the immigrants bring their work ethic, they remind constantly to the early immigrants of the values America adheres.
4. America, not as a border-bond geographical confinement, but as an ideal that mankind has always searched from its very beginning, attracts every freedom-loving person on earth to its bosom. Therefore America never lacks vatality and creativity that is a prerequisit of a great country.
With the solid moral foundation, America has been a Great Country from its very beginning. It is because of this greatness, America has been materialized as the most powerful nation on earth. The Chinese should reevaluate their priorities and assumptions and prejudices, and should rethink and rediscover what the reality is. So far, they have been deceiving themselves to walk into another trap, another dynastic cycle they seem never able to extract themselves from.