The West And The Rest?

I watched 'Civilization: the West as well as the Rest with Niall Ferguson' on PBS. Niall Ferguson's concept is this fact: Western Civilization reached control the globe through the success of combining six 'killer apps', i.e. (1) Competition; (2) Science; (3) Modern Medicine; (4) Democracy; (5) Consumerism; and (6) the (Protestant) work ethic.
So permit me to amend my first statement'I watched the very last 20 minutes of the past 2-hour episode. It's engrossing Sociology/History/Theory and I enjoyed what I saw than it. For instance, he explains why the entire world wants to wear blue-jeans and t-shirts (much like American Cowboys) and the way Protestantism made spending so much time and getting ahead virtues with their faith(s), instead of the older, Catholic view that conserving money to buy things, or spending so much time to improve one's place in the planet were either vanity or greed and the majority probably both.
The saddest part was his account of how atheism in Europe has left their Sunday morning church services virtually abandoned (for the reason that Europeans nationalized their Reformation churches). Plus, America is showing an increase in Protestantism (Partly due to our successful adherence into a 'separation of church and state', and partly because on the number and number of protestant churches). But the topper was that China has regions the spot that the Christian Faith keeps growing like a weed'and these communities are definitely the fastest growing economies in China. Thus we've got not only lost our personal 'Protestant Work Ethic', but we now have transplanted that productivity-enhancing philosophy to mainland China.
For shame! Our proudest possession, that 'Good Ol' American Can-Do Spirit!' is in the hands with the Chinese. O well. We continue to have some cool stuffs that is hard to get in most from the rest of the globe. But were stumbling on Education, we're allowing crooks to own the Economy (but I expect that's just a factor you must endure in all forms or era of Civilization). Besides, recent news accounts allow it to become quite plain the Chinese have a similar problem, only bigger.
I don't want to sound anti-Chinese'it's that their leaders enforce a repressive government'if you can no longer outdo them in commerce, which could only be proof that our personal freedoms have devolved right into a mixture of lip-service and self-delusion. I do not mean which our government is restrictive towards the same degree'no, I mean which our corporations have succeeded in changing America to a place that emphasizes the 'freedom' of corporations and banks to enact legislation that favors their bottom-lines'or their protection against unsatisfied citizens.
I guess what irks me most could be the idea that the planet has taken some with the best elements of our culture, yet not until we made it surface-gloss instead on the iron core it turned out meant to be. In other words, seeing that we're really screwing america up, the rest of the planet wants to play one-up-manship with your corroding and corrupt system. Instead of transforming into a lesson on fidelity and fair dealing'as well as the consequences of cutting those corners, our present powers-that-be are becoming the message that the entire world is competing with us'and that we are able to't afford to fix each of our capitalist abscesses (and excesses), we now have to concentrate on keeping prior to all the other countries!
This is ludicrous, needless to say. We should be improving, not competing inside a rigged race. We need federal intervention inside the jobless crisis, very little different from FDR's work-projects programs. We need to repair and re-build our infrastructure. Why is it so difficult to get those two things to manage each other?
The First Lady has evolved improved nutrition, but I have no idea of how much money or effort has been thrown with the project away from Ms. Obama's championing of the company's precepts. And how so are we ever about to wrest our country back on the maelstrom of idiocy the elected legislators awaken each session, when we include the ones that elected these clowns? When did politics turn into a TV show?
How hard can it be to get some reasonable guy who doesn't want to become congressman, and convince him (or her) that it is website important enough that she or he should do it anyway? That's what we need'unwilling candidates'they're the sole kind that may be trusted.
Still, it turned out a fascinating program series for history-nerds at all like me. What we need now will be the sequel'O, Mr. Ferguson! How do we get came from here back to civilization?

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