I watched 'Civilization: the West plus the Rest with Niall Ferguson' on PBS. Niall Ferguson's concept is: Western Civilization reached control the earth through the fortune of combining six 'killer apps', i.e. (1) Competition; (2) Science; (3) Modern Medicine; (4) Democracy; (5) Consumerism; and (6) the (Protestant) work ethic.
So i want to amend my first statement'I watched the past 20 minutes of the final 2-hour episode. It's engrossing Sociology/History/Theory and I enjoyed what I saw of computer. For instance, he explains why depends upon wants to wear blue-jeans and t-shirts (exactly like American Cowboys) and exactly how Protestantism made spending so much time and getting ahead virtues of the faith(s), instead of the older, Catholic view that conserving money to buy things, or making an effort to improve one's place in the entire world were either vanity or greed and quite a few probably both.
The saddest part was his account of how atheism in Europe has left their Sunday morning church services virtually abandoned (considering that the Europeans nationalized their Reformation churches). Plus, America is showing an increase in Protestantism (Partly due to our successful adherence into a 'separation of church and state', and partly because with the number and selection of protestant churches). But the topper was that China has regions the spot that the Christian Faith is increasing like a weed'and these communities include the fastest growing economies in China. Thus we have now not only lost your own 'Protestant Work Ethic', but we've got transplanted that productivity-enhancing philosophy to mainland China.
For shame! Our proudest possession, that 'Good Ol' American Can-Do Spirit!' is actually in the hands from the Chinese. O well. We continue to have some cool issues that is hard to get in most in the rest of the planet. But we're stumbling on Education, were allowing crooks running the Economy (but I expect that may be just a factor you must endure in all forms or era of Civilization). Besides, recent news accounts allow it to become quite plain the Chinese have a similar problem, only bigger.
I don't want to sound anti-Chinese'it's simply that their leaders enforce a repressive government'if you can no longer outdo them in commerce, that will only be proof that our get more info personal freedoms have devolved to a mixture of lip-service and self-delusion. I do not mean the government is restrictive to your same degree'no, I mean that the corporations have succeeded in changing America right into a place that emphasizes the 'freedom' of corporations and banks to enact legislation that favors their bottom-lines'or their protection against unsatisfied citizens.
I guess what irks me most will be the idea that the globe has taken some with the best areas of our culture, although not until we'd made it surface-gloss instead from the iron core it had been meant to be. In other words, given that we're really screwing america up, the rest of the entire world wants to play one-up-manship with the corroding and corrupt system. Instead of to become lesson on fidelity and fair dealing'and also the consequences of cutting those corners, our present powers-that-be are becoming the message that the world is competing with us'and that you can't afford to fix your own capitalist abscesses (and excesses), we have now to consentrate on keeping in front of all the other countries!
This is ludicrous, certainly. We should be improving, not competing in the rigged race. We need federal intervention from the jobless crisis, almost no different from FDR's work-projects programs. We need to repair and re-build our infrastructure. Why is it so desperately to get these things to handle each other?
The First Lady is rolling out improved nutrition, but I do not know how much money or effort is now being thrown for the project outside Ms. Obama's championing of that precepts. And how so are we ever gonna wrest our country back through the maelstrom of idiocy that the elected legislators awaken each session, when we would be the ones that elected these clowns? When did politics turned into a TV show?
How hard can it be to locate some reasonable guy who doesn't want to become congressman, and convince him (or her) it is important enough that she or he should do it anyway? That's what we need'unwilling candidates'they're really the only kind that will be trusted.
Still, it turned out a fascinating program series for history-nerds as i am. What we need now may be the sequel'O, Mr. Ferguson! How do we get at this point back to civilization?