The fundamental threat to Western Civilisation

The following is an abridged version of a much longer article from Red Pill Jew. I have broken it into three parts. Today is part one: 

President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt said: Quote:

“The curse of every ancient civilization was that its men in the end became unable to fight. Materialism, luxury, safety, even sometimes an almost modern sentimentality, weakened the fibre of each civilized race in turn; each became in the end a nation of pacifists, and then each was trodden under foot by some ruder people.”

Bill Whittle in his lecture discusses what he sees as the critical issue facing our civilization, and the threat civilizations face from within. He describes a pattern that happens time and again throughout humanity’s entire history.  Civilizations, he says, start small, rise slowly, accelerate, reach a peak where they are dominant and unstoppable… and then collapse.  More importantly, the collapse happens almost overnight ( “It’s virtually like a strobe-light; it’s almost instantaneous”)

Whittle also points out is that the civilization “always” falls from the top down; he says that while the common person is willing to lay down their life to defend it, it’s “some silk-robed son of a bitch” from the palace who goes down to the city gates and opens them.  Remember this point as it’ll prove critical.

In a video where Whittle talks to Stefan Molyneux, they discuss a very good analogy to our modern culture. Whittle observes: “As resources become more abundant […] peoples’ behaviour changes in the presence of [that] abundance[…]”  “[…] it is success that kills a culture, it’s wealth and abundance that kills a culture from within.”

A fundamental axiom is that animals that do not recognize and then react to threats do not pass their genes onward.

In the late 1930s, researchers discovered that monkeys with damage to the amygdala and surrounding areas of the brain showed a dramatic decrease in fearfulness. Later, scientists found that rats with targeted amygdala damage would snuggle with cats, their natural enemy.

While some studies point to people with larger amygdalae being more anxious, let’s not pretend that being anxious is a purely-negative trait.  Being anxious (worrying) can lead to being more cautious, which is a survival trait.  Interestingly, there is an apparent male-female difference in these structures as well, with men having larger amygdalae structures.  But regardless, the overall correlation seems clear: people with more developed and larger amygdalae tend to be far more attuned to potential threats and more readily prone to aggression once a threat is perceived.

In college I learned of a series of experiments in which monkeys were deprived of certain stimuli early in life, usually visual, resulting in an inadequate if not outright inability ability to recognize these stimuli as adults. Two more modern experiments confirm this effect: a lack of stimulation of a brain structure in infancy and developmental years often leads to deficiencies in the performance of that structure in adulthood.

When’s the last time you felt an actual fight-or-flight, afraid-for-your-life state of fear?  Assuming you grew up in America, odds are good that as a child you never experienced such fear.  Consider that, at least in America, helicopter parents insulate children from even slight boo-boos and rush to administer sprays filled with painkillers and antibiotics within seconds.

My hypothesis is this:

Any advanced and thriving civilization has large numbers of people (especially at the top of the pile) who are comfortable and safe and are so for generations.  This lack of meaningful threats, from birth onward, causes the amygdalae structures in the brain to not fully develop compared to prior, more stressed, generations because of a lack of stimulation; thus, the ability to recognise actual threats has atrophied.  This leads to the society as an aggregate, and the leadership class, in particular, taking actions that they do not recognize as dangerous, which result in the collapse of the civilisation.


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