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question

Would you rather live in the ascendency of a civilization or during its decline?

9 comments:

b said...

That's an awfully big question for such a little blog.

hein said...

yeah, maybe so,
Well a simple yes or no will suffice

dcm said...

Yes

b said...

I honestly have no idea. Sorry. It would be pretentious of me to offer an answer.

nico said...

decline, no doubt.

dcm said...

My affirmative refers to ascendancy

Liezl said...

Are we (i.e. South Africans) living during the ascendency of a civilisation or during its decline?

hein said...

South Africa itself is not a civilization. We form part of the West, and although we are on the periphery, we are an important outpost. More so than we realize, as we are the only able bastion in Africa.

The question is, then, whether Western civilization itself is in ascent or decline. I think it is shrinking, geographically speaking, as Europe is facing a complete change in demographics within the next century that will see it became more and more Islamic. It is however also safe to say that the US will stand colossal for generations to come. Truthfully, it is only possible to say in retrospect what was ascent and what was decline. I do however believe that demographics - not economics - will be the force behind decline, whilst technology, particularly advances in biotechnology, could quite possibly be the saving grace of our civilization.

And no, China will never be Western. Fundamentally, Western Civilization is based on a Judeo-Christian value and belief system, and where there is not a history of Christianity, Western civilization can only be a fa├žade, as is the case with Singapore. Although an intrinsic part, Western Civilization is more than capitalism. It is also a collection of beliefs about what power is and how it may be pursued.

All this said, I think sunsets are more beautiful than sunrises

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