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The Decline of the Western Culture

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I do have a theory. What if the rise of our culture and technology was based on the fact that the brain got more important than the fist?

The fact that engineering got a popular thing, education of the masses allowed for constant innovations instead of following the law of the jungle where brute force rules.

Industrial revolution, science as a major discipline which was respected by the average person, the pursuit of being a well educated human, the Nobel Price as one of the highest awards there is.

Now take a look at our current situation.

The most stupid and unrestrained persons are able to be voted by the masses who seem to mix up entertainment and politics. Western governments are releasing laws that support the rich and not the poor. Money is the new god we all seem to follow. Social safety nets which were one of the most important achievements of Europe get reduced or erased by our right-wing governments or governments that fear the right-wing parties that did not reach government strengh yet.

Nazi-wording like "the elites" and "parasites" get popular. Foreigners on the one hand side and well educated people on the other hand side are "taunted" by the low educated masses. The educational system gets eroded to support that trend. Pervasive surveillance of the public space as well as the Internet suppresses free minds. Terrorism is the excuse for controlling the masses. Many politicians, too many countries agitate against the free press. People don't seem to care as long as there is bread and circuses.

So if my theory holds, we are facing the demise of the western culture as we know it.

What comes afterwards?

Well, I'd guess the short term winner will be Asia. As long as they are able to control their population without large rebellion, they have the best chance of filling the gap. China invested heavily in Africa and even in Europe (Greece). They are well prepared in terms of resources, money, and ambition. By owning very large portions of US bonds, they more or less do not have to fear anything from the USA. Europe still does not stand as one.

May you live in interesting times. Enjoy the show.


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