孤立之岛

巴黎—日本人和英国人也许很不相同,但仔细观察就会发现,这两个岛国的命运颇有些相似之处。它们都曾经有过帝国雄心,都对隔海相望的古老大陆怀着深刻的厌恶,都对孤立主义的塞壬之歌毫无抵抗力。不幸的是,如今,两国再一次屈服于孤立主义的危险诱惑。

也许地理决定了命运。作为岛国,英国和日本对于其大陆邻居欧洲和日本总是小心翼翼,且通常带有自负的优越感。历史上,为了补偿其孤立性,两国均存在强势中央政府、强大的海军、充满活力的企业家精神、生机勃勃的文化和帝国雄心。

如今,日本和英国做出一副开放社会状,也是全球化进程的巨大受益者。事实上,两国依然十分内向,沉浸在分离主义的传统文化中。两国均竭尽全力阻挠移民进入,英国的办法是文化隔离,而日本则是断然拒绝。新世界秩序中的各文明越是相互影响,日本和英国就越想冷眼旁观。

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