@Political Interest ;
Thanks for the reply! I had a bit of a rough evening, there are things that I intensely dislike about the modern ''Left'', but I must admit I lost some objectivity in the course of last night's discussions (George Floyd, etc...). America was founded as a European Plantation, America is in many respects still a European Plantation, it must be admitted if there is any healing to be done. It relates directly to the whole theme of this thread, the process of Modernity stripping us of our humanity;
Many are being absorbed into it, in the process often losing a frame of reference to their ancestral culture. It is apparently quite a disorienting experience.
No doubt about that. In fact, I suspect that the process of Westernization is disorienting to everyone including European-ancestry Westerners unless one is part of the Elites that directly benefit from the structures of Modernity.
There is an obsession with converting others to the Western way of life and belief system. Colonialism never offered the colonised people equality under such a system, however. Western culture was to be imposed on the other but not allow them equal participation in it.
Right, Left, or Center, the conversion of the Other into a Spenglerian member of the ''Faustian'' Civilization is a definite cultural obsession. The Western obsession with machines and technology is part of that; people are rendered into objects, machines themselves, with a place dictated within the overall system itself, to make it ''work''.
It is most likely that this awkward relationship with the 'other' has always been due to the fundamental ethnocentrism of many elements within Western culture and a refusal to view other civilisations as anthropologically equivalent.
Well, the only ones who can truly ''get'' the West are Westerners themselves, and the essence of the West is infinite possibility in infinite space and time. A Westerner is always trying to ''improve'' something or someone, the idea that this isn't necessary or even possible rarely factors into the discussion. Only the West truly wanted to land a man on the Moon, because he thought that he could, and because it's there as a possibility. Other civilizations and cultures might view it almost as a kind of desecration, a hubristic challenge to God and offense to the poor and sick right here on Earth. Reminds me of this song;
There has always been the argument that this type of racism arose as a result of needing to justify colonialism. This could be true. Non-colonial European empires do not seem to have been as racist, i.e. Habsburg Empire or the Holy Roman Empire. Unfortunately anti-Slavic sentiment was present, although when this arose and how I am unsure. It is not clear whether this was present from the Middle Ages or arose at a later point.
It was present from the Middle Ages.
I am partly an ethnic Sorb, the last tribe of Slavs in what is now Eastern Germany, after over a 1000 years of slaughter, conquest, colonization, and Germanization. It began in the woods east of the Elbe, German raiding parties capturing Slavs to sell in Venice and Genoa and elsewhere to the slave markets of the Middle East and giving the word for us; ''Slav''and making it ''Slave''.
Europe has only itself to blame for its declining birthrates.
The lack of even a passing interest in religion suggests that there is a huge problem.
But one needs only look at the state of contemporary Western popular and high culture, as well the general state of intellectual life to see how many problems it has.
Indeed. If only there were a change of heart. Today is Pentecost and Holy Trinity Sunday in the Orthodox Christian calendar. I have to believe change for the better can happen, a mercy and a gift from above.
But man is a fickle and disreputable creature and perhaps, like a chess-player, is interested in the process of attaining his goal rather than the goal itself.