So I ask is BRICS merely another stage, merely another part of the good cop bad cop game. Another BRIC in the wall.
I think that like most things, it's complicated.
At the moment, BRICS is basically the anti-West. From Russia comes the hope of the world, and all that jazz.
But then what happens when Putin is no longer president? That's not to say that Putin = Jesus, but compared to Western leaders, I'd take him any day. Even now, we can see that Putin != Russia, Russia has its own issues, etc.
I imagine that some bonehead will eventually take over Russia and basically use its military/economic power to become The New West. The idea of a multipolar world is a nice one, but I'll believe it when I see it. It's extremely unlikely that this planet will somehow become a Utopian Vision of Loveliness. Given our history, even just multipolarism with groups constantly battling each other is hard to believe at this point!
And then, of course, you have the universe's idea of Sorting Stuff Out - earth changes, comets, etc.
So, I'm not really holding my breath about any of it. Then again, I see our job as viewing what is going on, and taking a stand on one side or another - preferably the side that promotes increased sanity and less suffering and less psychopathy at any given moment.
That side may change with time, which is okay. It's also the kind of thing where even "supporting one side" does not
mean we believe they are Jesus People sent from heaven to save us all. That's black and white thinking.
If I say, "GOD, I love Putin!!!", that means exactly what it says - right now. But always in the back of my mind is knowledge of "good and evil", and what he has done in the past, present, what he says he wants to do in the future, what I think he really means based on whatever data I have, what other
countries are doing or not, how what other countries are doing may influence Russia's apparent and real motivations, and so on.
I think it's more about, "sit back and enjoy the show". That doesn't mean we should throw in the towel and just say, "Well, it's just more of the same!" That would require removing ourselves completely from this reality/world, and the fact is we are here, now, for a reason.
So yeah, sit back and enjoy the show, but that means continually analyzing what's going on, making choices to support what appears to be the better path, and always adjusting course. That's the exact opposite of what we would like to do: See everything as this way or that, have a firm answer to everything, blah blah blah.
IOW: support, but don't over-support. See how things work, participate in creating a better reality, but do not get TOO involved or think that we're gonna change anything. Answer the question, "But if we can't change anything, then why bother trying?" for ourselves. See that things are about a lot more than just out limited 3d view of our limited 3d world. It seems to be all about developing an ability to maintain this delicate balance. In the world, but not of it.
The more we can do this, the more we see things we didn't see before. We understand more, and we even see solutions to problems that we didn't see before because our perspective on things shifts. To me, that is all part of the phrase: Learn to think in unlimited terms. And it can all start with stupid, evil, One World politics...