Are there any advantages of Western civilization?
Question from the Internet:
“What are the advantages of Western civilization?”
Western civilization — with its focus on the self-serving, self-justifying fulfilment of the individual, with its endless fight for individual freedom at the expense of the collective, with its incessant and actually aimless pursuit of individual happiness — shows us the limits and self-destructive nature of our inherently selfish, subjective and individualistic egos.
Human history is a millennia-long “cosmic education” to show us through actual experience what happens when we build everything by and for this inherently selfish, subjective and individualistic ego.
On one hand, we went through an incredible cultural and technological development while other developed primates — we are almost identical with, except for the human ego — remained virtually unchanged for millions of years.
On the other hand, this human ego — that is unprecedented and unparalleled in Nature’s otherwise seamlessly integrated and mutually complementing system — has driven us towards seemingly inevitable self-destruction in this or in the next generation as it makes us live like cancer.
Modern Western society shows all this to us, how utterly distorted, hedonistic and empty it has become where even the classical family model can’t survive as the egotistic self is more important than anything and we cannot compromise on our selfish desires even if our lives depend on it, where everybody openly succeeds at the expense of the others, where everything we build is based on controlling, manipulating and exploiting others.
We had to reach this very sharp and graphical picture, we needed this brutally honest mirror to show us who we actually are — and the so-called developed countries or nations operating through different ideologies or systems also aspire to become like the West whatever they claim, since we all have the same human nature — in order to activate a completely new phase of human development.
In this new development — when we finally start aligning ourselves with Nature’s laws that govern the general homeostasis life depends on — we need to learn how to build “Nature-like”, positive and constructive, mutually responsible and mutually complementing integration above and against our inherent nature but without suppressing or erasing anything.
This requires a very special, purposeful and practical educational method. The “advantage” of Western civilization and its utter failure in our generation is that it pushes us towards this new, this time conscious and positive phase of Human development.