What about China, the most ballyhooed rising military threat of the current era? Beijing is indeed modernizing its armed forces, racking up double-digit rates of growth in military spending, now about $100 billion a year. That is second only to the United States, but it is a distant second: The Pentagon spends nearly $700 billion. Not only is China a very long way from being able to go toe-to-toe with the United States; it’s not clear why it would want to. A military conflict (particularly with its biggest customer and debtor) would impede China’s global trading posture and endanger its prosperity. Since Chairman Mao’s death, China has been hands down the most peaceful great power of its time. For all the recent concern about a newly assertive Chinese navy in disputed international waters, China’s military hasn’t fired a single shot in battle in 25 years.
Look at the flood of advertisements attacking one’s ears day in and day out. Shining labels are displayed and tall claims are made. The poor customer is cheated into buying worthless things and wasting his hard earned money. Appearances are often deceptive. We should not run after outward beauty. Real beauty does not lie in the superficial appearance of a thing or a person. A lovely skin may be hiding a heart full of cruelty within. A soft, sweet, voice may be hiding a ruthless attitude. On the contrary, a rough exterior may be having a heart of gold within; a dirty looking stone may be a real gem. Man should be judged not from his looks but from his actions. Gold is a shining thing but all shining things are not gold. All that glitters is not gold.