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02 Oct

Civilization [noun]

  1. a highly developed society
  2. advanced development of society
  3. advanced society in general

Civilization requires that mankind be able to work out his differences without resorting to violence—at least a good percentage of the time. Civilization requires the rejection of such concepts as “might makes right” and “the ends justify the means.” Civilization requires the ability of its citizens to accept viewpoints and actions with which those citizens disagree when they are in the minority, in exchange for the acceptance by other citizens of their viewpoints and actions when such are in the majority. In other words, civilization requires a moderate, temperate, well-informed citizenry able to adhere to an accepted set of philosophical, ethical and moral tenets even when disagreements arise referable to those tenets.

Certainly, not every human group can be considered “civilized.” And while these “under-groups” may exhibit certain elevated aspects of human culture such as art, language and even religion, true civilization contains so much more than these. For instance, a comparison can be made between “civilization” as found in ancient Egypt and those in Mezo-America. These cultures had many similarities, but whereas the Mayans, Incans and Aztecs performed ritual human sacrifice, the ancient Egyptians did not. Therefore, it is not unreasonable for us to consider the Egyptians the more “civilized” of these ancient peoples.

Indeed, civilization requires not only an educated populace, but a populace with a large measure of self-control and self-denial. In point of fact, humanity’s lengthy childhood arises from the complexity of the learning process necessary for the pre-adult to adapt to and function in a civilized world. Lesser animals of even very intelligent species are able to teach their young fairly quickly to function sufficiently to insure the survival of that species. Young humans require a much lengthier period of time in which to learn how to manipulate human civilization. The child of the hunter-gatherer—the condition of man prior to the onset of “civilization”—was little different than that of lesser animals resulting in a correspondingly shorter learning period. Even in the ancient world, there was a lengthy period of training at least for the children of those who occupied the upper echelons of society.

And now we come to the world of today. Because of our technological and scientific advances in this new millennia, it would seem that humans would have need of an even greater grasp of the time-honored tools of civilization: knowledge, self-restraint, rationality—in fact, that “moderate, temperate, well-informed citizenry able to adhere to a central set of philosophical, ethical and moral tenets” indicated at the beginning of this article. The problem is, of course, that exactly the opposite seems to be the case. Furthermore, this situation exists not only in the dark corners of the world where true “civilization” has never been established, but in the very center of that civilization, the countries of Europe and North America including the United States. No one expects advanced civilizations in the Amazon basin or sub-Saharan Africa—though God knows, Europeans have tried for years to bring it about in that latter place—but it is now evident that rather than lifting the so-called “Third World” from barbarism to enlightenment, the “First World” is sinking down to a level not seen since the Vikings roamed the Northern seas.

There are many contributing factors to this situation, not the least of which is the “choice” by the leaders of the West to fill their nations with peoples for whom civilization is not a concept but a word which they reject because they conceive it to be arising from whites and therefore anathema to them and their culture—whatever that might be. And while such Third World “cultures” were destructive enough in their place of origin, their transplant into the West has rather proved that in the struggle between the greater and the lesser, the natural progression is always retrograde. Hence, the “civilization” of the West is fast being replaced by a way of life totally foreign to most of the whites within it. Interestingly enough, many minorities who have been in the West for generations seem to have no problem accepting and adopting these newly introduced “Third World” behaviors and morals, evidence that tends to underscore the preeminence of nature over nurture.

The final question is this: how did so many Western whites lose those aspects of their civilization that had been extant for centuries? How—and why—did so many of what should have been a rational educated populace descend into a condition more in keeping with infantilism than with mental and emotional maturity? When was the virtue of self-denial abandoned in favor of a concept of entitlement more in keeping with a two year old than an adult? When—and why—did desire rather than reality become the basis upon which decisions regarding the culture were made? When was self-restraint replaced by self-indulgence and principled continence by moral decadence? How, in what has been only a relatively few years, has Western Civilization fallen to a level from which it might never recover? There are many at least partial answers to these questions, but in the end it comes down to the fact that, as the poet Milton once declared, “civilized” man has chosen “bondage with ease over strenuous liberty.” It is a choice from which he many never recover.

 


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