Our Western culture – the civilisation of Europe and the USA and Canada has dominated the world for many centuries. It has been the most affluent and successful society in these times. Most of the wealth and inventions have originated from western culture. Is our Western society going to remain dominant or will the cultures and civilisations of China, Arabia and India overtake us and dominate us? Is our culture in decline or are other cultures simply developing to compete with ours? (more…)
History repeats itself, not exactly, parrot fashion, but it repeats itself in the sense that the names and places may have changed but the similarity is not purely coincidental.
In the rich world we have become obsessed with security. We were once obsessed with freedom. Or forebears fought to be free and freedom was more important to most of them (perhaps because they could not achieve freedom) than wealth or security. They accepted that freedom requires insecurity to some extent. (more…)