Escape from the cultural prison 'Conflict Thinking'
Born in 1953 I was in a perfect position to recognize the growing americanization of Europe after WWII, culminating in an rationalized western world of law and order.
Where most humans are reduced to part of a HUGE workforce of the awfully few very rich and resultingly behave far below human possibilities (waste of space):
big is beautiful; capitalism; individualism; power politics; rationalization.
I experienced how Europe gradually and than faster and faster was sucked AGAIN into a reality of 'rational thinking'.
This after having driven away puritanism to South Africa and the New World (America), and refinding sense in the ages after Enlightenment.
As variant on a quote of Nietzsche: It is my ambition to make sense of human reality in one website (a couple of hundred webpages) where others in thousands of books produce models of a 'rational reality' as seen through a 'rational' fog.
Not happy with the tasteless 'cultural word porridge' of contradictory 'rational' explications in philosophy (world of 'mind').
I tried to make sense myself of history in the Western World, following these words from John Lennon:
Imagine there is no heaven [...], No hell below us, above us only sky.
I don't try to make an 'intelligent' analysis, but follow my curiosity.
I explore a seemingly nonsensical conceptual path (seen within the current 'rational' framework),
based on mainly emotion instead of only on 'ratio'. I accept that practically all western scientists proceed with trying to restabilize 'the economy'.
And this way try to save this western 'rational' framework, science is a cultural defense mechanism.
Science is cultural, so expecting a major shift to come from science is like
asking deep sea fish how to escape the ocean.
Very rarely a shock is needed to open a way out to an alternative world view.
What I did is exploring how we western people arrived in our Western 'deep sea'.
In until now 12 years, I jumped back to the 'rationalism' of 17th century Enlightenment, then a jump forward to 20th century 'rationality' behind world wars, then a jump back again to start of Catholicism and a final jump back
to Aristotle as source of The Catholic God Universe.
In search for the source of the hallucinations around 'good' in the Western Paradigm .
No Cultural Reality of good and evil:
From Speech of 1854 by Red Indian Chief Seattle: Human kind has not woven the web of life, we are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.
Cultural Reality of Tomorrow: Colorful Choir of Friends
For most young western people at present methaphysics is something from the past. Based on Hellenistic ethics of especially Aristotle, as revived by Catholicism.
An immaterial something (soul/spirit/mind/..) that you have to believe in
is not what makes sense to them. Nevertheless western culture is still full of the remains of the dualism material-immaterial.
Think of judging in good and bad, of belief in 'intelligence', of belief in 'morality', in 'mind', etcetera.
Man-imals (especially western humans
) of the 21st century, will escape from their view of reality as virtual ('state of mind'),
escape from accompanying language worlds that cause conflict thinking , flimsy layers of existing that are easily manipulated.
Not leaving their cultural prison because of sudden cooperation insights, but by just ignoring conflict politics and
by aiming at living together in a common sense way and using the HUGE power of worldwide communication that has become available
since worldwide use of internet.
To enjoy life in a shared reality of a colourful 'choir of friends'. Much more fun than
continuous violent conflicts around western cultural values like: liberty, freedom of speech
, individualism, democracy, civilized, human rights.
By revaluing eMotion, by tuning the conflict causing firewalls between cultures, and by really sharing resources, including
Cultural Firewalls protect cultural illusions. 'Addiction' to illusions in civilizations causes intense and violent passions, hyperanger out of fear for the unknown.
Something is 'wrong'
Apart from everything, it is shocking and alarming that almost half of the world's wealth is now owned by just one percent of its population.
The 85(!) richest people in the world have as much wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest people, which means that we can easily double wealth of 3.5 billion poor people.
The collateral 'damage' would be near to nothing.
Seeds for a cultural shock away from conflict behavior can be expected to exist in non-christian (including muslim) civilizations.
There's nothing wrong with brains as control unit in bodies, and with those brains juggling with sensory oppositions (using logic
to make bodily behavior fit the environment.
Things get dubious when
is assumed that brains to function properly
make use of unchanging 'natural law' behind reality and independent of reality.
It makes no difference it that 'natural law' is supposed to be 'god', 'ratio', or whatever. In the end it is always blind faith in 'rules' that are supposed
to be 'the matrix of reality'. At present the guardian of such rules seems to be Google, with drones bombing 'terrorists' who use other ways of existing in reality.
Tomorrow: All Together
Our global civilization acts like a killing field of dissonant voices.
Until now, dominant societies (civilizations
) vanished, and they were replaced by a neighbouring society.
But can the present conflict reality of firewalled cultural worlds avoid crash?
Can this world full of dissonant cultures avoid becoming a scary agressive conflict/compromise blob, stop presuming that 'intelligence' exists and then quit quarreling about 'good' and 'evil'. To become a cultural choir?
The answer must be yes
This global knot of civilizations (partly overlapping worlds in increasingly unstable balance
will get rid of the conflict attitude causing the cultural firewalls, in a change towards a colourful 'all together' .
The latest Paradigm Shift: Start of Mind Body Dualism
Alexander the Great and Aristotle
Say 2400 ages ago Alexander the Great in his conquest to destroy Persia in a decade brought Hellenic Dualism to all of the Middle East.
Alexander was thoroughly brought up in dualist way by the by him admired tutor Aristotle.
Main features: dividing reality in the world of the gods independent of human reality and seeing people from other cultures as 'barbarians' that are born to be slave.
This in a short time made a chaos of the Middle East, and made the Middle East a huge barrier between the confucianism and buddhism of China and the later catholicism in Europe.
The Romans practically copied the Aristotelian dualism of the Greek as greet admirers of both Aristotle and Alexander the Great.
In 451AC the Romans made mind body dualism the official doctrine of the whole Roman Empire.
The Romans also tolerated the Islam of Muhammed to become a considerable force, because Muhammed was useful as troublemaker in the Persian Empire.
Muhammedan Islam was also dualist, though in slightly different shape, a kind of Muslim Catholicism, and very fast became so powerful that it completely conquered the Eastern Roman Empire and wrecked Persia.
The Western Roman Empire brought via Catholicism dualism to Europe, and via Europe it was brought to parts of Africa, all of South and North America.
Islam conquered India and big parts of Asia, and became a serious dualist competitor for Buddhism.
Many ages later Buddhim in China and other part of Asia was seriously weakened by also dualist communism.
And communist China conquered buddhist Tibet.
This resulted in th present conflict world, with the remnants of Buddhism in a weak position
a huge part of the world practicing variants of mind body split, and a small part of the world practicing mind body unity.
At present the mind body split world characterized by capitalism, communism, Catholicism (including variant Protestantism
) and Islam is in huge crisis.
Western humans born in the 20th century don't realize that persistent illusions (like mind-body split: an 'intelligent mind' and a dum body
) are result of behaving 'under spell' of the already for ages dominant western culture,
and that everybody at any time behaves 'under cultural spell'.
Logic as skill that made other skills more efective made western culture extremely succesful. But worshipping use of logic as more than physical divided western civilization in two camps, a small camp of 'thinkers'
(more and more only talented in logical juggling with words
) and a HUGE camp of workers.
At present this split is ending in crisis. Incapable leaders, bureaucracy of corrupting level, trading-means (money) in the hands of a few people,...
Do we realize that cultural conflict around cultural illusions can become life threatening (by neglect of bigger threats
Characteristic for western 'intelligent' action is believing that 'intelligence' is more than dreaming and that behind 'intelligence' is a knowledge machinery and 'rationality' shared by all humans.
Ascribing the success of western civilization to 'intelligence', and that way
conveniently ignoring that western culture got extremely wealthy through forceful colonization (of sometimes whole continents
), genocide, exploitation and slavery.
And denying that 'intelligence' ('rationality'
) is a cultural illusion, part of Western habit and cultural preference.
Resulting in 'intelligent' passivity towards present physical problems in the increasingly interconnected global society (too much growth and overconsumption, wealth-concentration/poverty, terrorism, ...
Continuing on the same 'intelligent' path into the future.
Belief in reality being divided in 'intelligence' and material is a way of expressing the 'mind-body dualism' that is deeply rooted in the dominant in origin 'catholic' culture.
Cultural Prison 'Intelligence': the Walking Minds
The Western Paradigm is the Cultural Prison of the Walking Minds, the 'mind world' that considers 'intelligence' as a part of reality that is responsible for the structure of sensible reality.
European and North American paradigms underestimate the role of culture in 'truth', they define development in narrow 'intelligence' terms.
Western Culture via Catholicism adopted the Greco-Roman division of realiy consists in two parts: the metaphysical and the physical.
Intelligence (soul) is a key metaphysical concept in western culture since the Council of Chalcedon (451AC), that defined Jesus
as a godly amount of 'intelligence' (soul) in human body, and inherently every human as consisting of two natures (soul and body
Throughout history western people have believed that 'mind' (spirit, soul
) is not physical at all.
But even at present, in times of neuroscience, notions like 'mind' and 'consciousness' are presumed to be existing processes,
without being clear that dualism
is a BELIEF'.
Western people BELIEVE to be able to control their behavior with 'intelligence' (ratio).
Even in times that they found out that decisions are taken by emotion.
Logics (like ratio) only steer behavior by DEFINING good and bad.
Western people act as 'walking minds', and consider 'intelligence' as their essence, with 'mind' as superior reasoning center.
Since Enlightenment/ReneDescartes especially scientific 'minds' try to 'understand' reality by way of
studying tiny 'rational' natural-law-pieces that are seen as pieces of the eternal puzzle of reality. This belief in an
absolute reality explains another BELIEF: objectivity.
Sure there is structure in reality (infinitely complex), but there is no ' intelligence' behind evolution.
Evolution is selection of EFFECTIVE life, and balancing of these different effective variants. 'Intelligence' is a in origin Greek myth (the realm of the gods
At present the westen made fantasy 'intelligence' is dominating life on earth, and through
cultural realities is drowning the world with conflicts
In a nutshell|
The 2 Grand Paradigms of western history, the Classical Paradigm and the Enlightenment Paradigm, are 2 variants of 1 paradigm, the 'Intelligence' Paradigm.
That means that until present the dualism metareality/reality exists. The presumption still is: 'intelligence' exists as thing in itself.
0450-1650Classical Paradigm: 'Intelligence' is called 'god'. Human purpose seen as the worship of God and religion as Path to Truth.
Rule by emperors, kings, ...
1650-2000Enlightenment Paradigm: Worship of 'God' is replaced by worship of 'ratio'. Rule by the wealthy.
A Modern Paradigm only simmers in 'Science' and
accepts that Humans are random evolutionary accidents,
but belief in 'intelligence' is still dominant through belief in things like 'mind', 'consciousness'.
Rule by 'the wealthy' only slightly changed: rule by 'the superwealthy'.
Western Science as phenomenon in Western culture to break with the 'Intelligence' Paradigm needs cooperation with a neighbouring paradigm to initiate a
major paradigm shift. Until then: increasing chaos.
330BC Aristotle invents 'soul' (as 'anima')
as 'intelligence' behind (Greek) skill and competence.
330BC–323BC Alexander the Great spreads the belief in 'soul'
450AC Catholicism revives Aristotle's view of human life:
holy 'soul' and 'evil' body
400AC–1100AC Early Middle Ages: Belief in 'soul' (Catholicism) conquers Europe
1100 AC– 1453AC Middle Ages: Isolation of Europe as world of 'soul'
1663-present: start of the autism 'addiction to profit': Capitalism
1640 doctrine around mind-body split: rationalism
1650-1800 Enlightenment: 'soul' is renamed to 'mind'
'rational mind' and 'irrational' body
1700-1800 Pilgrims colonize America (found the New World)
1700-1900 Product of Rationalism: Industrialism
1814-1917 and 1940-1945 WWI and WWII:
'rational minds' use bodies as gunfood
2000: Rationality: Rational War on Irrational Terror
present: Rationality: 'intelligence' ruins earth, the life source of human bodies
It took a sudden opening cultural window (SHOCK after brain attack) to realize that 'intelligence' was my main cultural prison. Since then, using intuition, I managed to escape longer and longer, .
Most western people see their body not as 'the real me' but more as trainable/adjustable pet that is obedient to the 'mind' (now do the mouseover of the image left
Western people especially in leading circles consider life as 'rational' and themselves as great 'minds' in such a life that is about 'thinking', about 'understanding', about 'intelligence'.
Non western people who act more intuitive say: 'They take the fun out of everything'.
At the cost of huge amounts of human lives western leaders keep acting 'rational', because they realize
to have leadership because westen people think that life is 'rational'.
We see our body more and more only as transportation vehicle of our 'mind' and as energy source for this 'mind'. Result of our Greco-Roman background.
Culture is a Mass Hallucination
When people are trapped in a cultural hallucination then their cultural behavior has become a prison of rituals.
This has similarity with the ancient Chinese vision that the energy of a specific country could either make or break this kingdom.
Ritualbehavior/culturalenergy is passed from generation to generation, gets DEEPLY embedded and acts like magic that makes people BELIEVE to see things 'as they really are' (cultural paradigm)
In Western Culture very dominant hallucinative behavior is 'the myth of rational thinking' (intelligence; understanding; rationality; ..
It is good to realize that":
1) 'intelligence' is logical use of memory, curiosity, persistence. The rest is myth!
2) The chinese symbol for 'intelligence' points at effective use of memory of BEHAVIOR (wisdom).
When power and wealth in a culture get more and more in the hands of those who have power and wealth themselves (power = money and money = power, as in capitalism
), and are defended with cultural 'arguments'.
THEN change needs huge shock(s).
(1 very simple but explanatory example: costly lawsuits of many years of relatives to get hold of the money of some millionaire grandfather, are really to mad to talk about. Property and Power, when treated as
hereditary values, are extremely corrupting.
The Myth of Rational Thinking
Magical cultural concepts function like hard drugs (censor sense reality and cause experience without external source = hallucinations = sensory overrides
A Western 'rational' magical concept like 'intelligence' acts as hard drug.
Logics judge very 'black and white', that's why 'rationality' magically
filters out in Western reality the experience of Eastern/African/... knowledge/skill.
Western people 'understand' reality, and don't realize anymore that their belief in 'mind' and 'intelligence' (and their 'proof' of reality
a BELIEF, a western cultural prison. And that without emotion we can't do anything. Intuition is the tool that during evolution developed to make emotions effective.
Intuition can be assisted by the tool 'ratio', but without intuition 'ratio' has nothing to improve.
Most intuition is 'programmed' in our dna, some of it not effective anymore. Deprogramming in dna might take millions of years too.
cultural godfathers: 'mind' dealers
'Intelligence/understanding is not more than trained behavior, and most
of it is not a dna property that is given to you at birth.
This TRAINED 'understanding' already for many ages is the Western cultural way of handling reality.
Starting with Aristotle, reinforced by Aquinas, Descartes and Kant. More and
more it changed in a religion around a belief around the existence of 'mind' with 'intelligence' as a 'mind'-activity.
This belief is
since ages exploited by scrude people who claim to be 'intelligent'.
That is a VERY positive message too, it means that ALL 'intelligent' behavior can be trained (only not everybody succeeds in becoming a top sporter
Culture, family, education, ..., are training too and can give some a HUGE lead, but not more than a lead.
The basic behavior 'slavery' developed in Western Culture from treating all 'barbarians' as animals (Aristotle: barbarians are made for slavery
via 'feodalism', ...., 'black slavery', 'workers', into 'capitalism'. No essential change in the basic behavior 'exploitation'.
VERY tough mass hallucinations result when a major cultural forcefield survives many ages, with the same magical cultural basic behavior.
Example: Western society.
The next major paradigm shift in Western Culture will be the realization that
decision-making isn’t logical, it’s emotional, and that a 'rational' society in the end gets steerless (respectless
This insight implies that western society needs a complete reordering.
Order according to wealth/power led to socies led by egoism and greed.
The next major paradigm shift in Eastern Culture will be the realization that
Western Culture is part of the Family.
This insight implies that Eastern Society needs leadership to return to servant leadership.
If you don't want our next human life planet to have name 'Google World', and to be bought by real estate firms and multinationals, then ...
Both Far East and West struggle with inequality issues and both will agree that that two adjacent realities better seek balance than to keep bouncing (conflict
When there are partly parallel truths then it doesn't help complaining that 'the others' are not telling the 'truth'.
Anyway, life should not be about Greed and Law and Order, but about people’s physical needs.
Present a dead alley? Future is made NOW
Human life on earth is pure physical behavior, much like a virus
The ability that made the human-life-virus on earth survive
is the endless generation of mutants.
Whatever major crisis
there was allways resistant behavior that made human-life survive.
Don't kill variance!
not by 'thinking', but by 'soldiers of change' who decide by doing.
The belief that immaterial 'intelligence' is needed for survival of any shape of earth life is THE cultural illusion of Western civilization.
Life on earth is a virus with many strands, one strand is human life.
Human life is divided in 2 related major cultures, east and west.
The biology of humans in todays cities is not very different from that of humans on the ancient savannah.
The western strand was dominant the last 24 ages, but the static concept Intelligence
(resulting in 'individuality' and concepts like 'democracy') slowly pushed geniality that was not accepted as 'intelligent' out of sight.
The illusion 'intelligence' was an 'idea' of an ancient Greek thinker. Since Aristotle in the western strand of evolution linear time schemes of history with 'great minds' are common, ignoring among others that
mutants are nothing special AND that major paradigms shifts are discontinuities.
EVERY human is a mutant, but only a few have the at that moment necessary resistant behavior (pure chance).
The Western linear interpretation of 'time' in some way gives useful insights, but also makes most of the past into myth around 'great individuals'.
Be sure that our present complex society is result of cooperation of common humans, not the sum of 'great' inventions.
The survival effectivity of a strand of the life-virus comes from the generation of autist entities.
Soldiers of Change
The effective trait of common humans is that they easily assimilate with surrounding culture and environment.
The geniality of autist individuals is that they do NOT easily assimilate, and experience cultural reality as a prison
(with huge differences between low and high functioning end of the autism spectrum).
Their survival instincts force them to take their own alternative perceptual path .
Don't get stuck in the paradigm-life former generations.
Neglect of 'soldiers of change' (young people) only postpones change, until the human virus dies in the end paradigm shifts always happen.
Humans have a built in drive to cooperate as 'family'.
Middle East becomes Hellenic Barrier between West and East,
through the conquests Alexander the Great
With the exception of Jesus Christ, no historical celebrity in the West is more well known than Alexander the Great.
Aristotle, more than any other figure in Western history, is the embodiment of the split of reality in immaterial 'soul' and material body.
Via catholic godfather Thomas Aquinas, Aristotle's dual views shaped western 'thought'.
In ancient river civilizations (see page: mankind) humans did FEEL a deep respect for nature.
Ages after Hellenic culture, Aristotelianism was revived by Catholicism, and since then Western people started to BELIEVE in 'intelligence' independent of behavior and higher than sensations (feeling).
And they started to see 'intelligent' humans as superior to nature (dualism),
and gave the 'intelligent' western man and his 'god' a role of epic proportions.
Alexander the Great (356BC-323BC linear time),
infected the Middle East with a cultural virus into a Hellenic cultural reality that was deviant from Asian cultural realities like
Taoism and Buddhism (with of a 'virus' of Aristotelian design
In essence in the Hellenic view the body is the enemy of the soul, it serves as a prison for the soul.
After 8 ages Europe was infected by Aristotelian Catholicism.
And after 10 ages the Middle East was once more infected, this time with cultural virus Islam (muslim Catholicism).
Aristotelian societies (like european countries and muslim countries
) always require slavery in some form.
A major paradigm shift.
The present Western Societý with modern variant of slavery can be said to be of Aristotelian design.
A design that was strengthened in Enlightenment by Descartes with his concept mind-body split.
A thin toplayer of managers only practices 'thinking' and leaves all labour to slaves called 'workers.
The Romans took over from Hellenism the 'plunder economy'
The Romans conquered the coastal remains of the Hellenic Empires. The Romans admired Alexander as as great plunderer, and Aristotle as defender of slavery.
As inspirators behind the original Empire of Alexander the Great.
The Roman Empire was a world of the rich (wealthy Romans profited hugely from the war economy
), a plunder economy, based on exploitation.
The Roman Empire relied on looting conquered territories and on tax collection.
In 84 BC Sulla brought the works of Aristotle from the library of Apellicon to Rome.
Andronicus of Rhodes published a new edition.
The interpretation of Aristotle's writings by Andronicus
seems to be the one which is basis of our present editions.
In 451 AC at the Council of Chalcedon
Roman Christianity oficially revived the static Aristotelian view of reality as interpreted by them: eternal design as goal of changing physical reality.
The Roman culture couldn't exist without slavery,
and what the Romans attracted in the Aristotelian dual way of looking at reality must have been that Aristotle considered slavery as natural (part of the design)
In Aristotelian reality God was only seen as Designer, Catholicism added an active God. Catholic truth is that reality consists of 2 essentially different parts: Creator (active 'housekeeper' with eternal intelligence)
and creation (time dependent material).
Historians claim that (Roman) Christianity inherited the good-evil dualism from it main source Zoroastrianism
But the conflict between good and evil in Roman Christianity is Aristotelian (aimed at tolerating slavery
and totally different from the practical division of life in good (trustworthy
) and evil (risky
) in the Persian source of Christianity.
Mohammed the founder of Islam was of Catholic birth and his views were much like catholicism, but Mohammad pertinently denied
the essence of catholicism, God as divine designer. Mohammed taught that Jesus is a great prophet, but
still only a man like other men. Mohammed eliminated the whole Catholic Trinity 'circus' altogether.
After death of Mohammed Mohammedanism in 650A annihilated Zoroastrianism, and now the slavery (of non-catholics
) tolerating Catholicism could pretend to be
The extremely expansive Islam after death of Mohammed seemed to be driven mainly by greed.
The many jihads of Islam were dominantly raids, and conversion to Islam was a means to get more jihad soldiers.
Forced conversion, plunder and slavery, not conquest, was the aim of the jihads and Islamic leaders proved to be Masters of Plunder.
The ancient Hellenic Reality, together with Arabia,
became base for Islam.
Islam expanded, and took over India.
Islam bloodily annihilated Indian Buddhism and reasonably tolerated Hinduism, it used Hindu India as base to penetrate further into SouthEast Asia.
Recent History of Mankind
If something is omitted from history, you have no way of knowing it is omitted. Howard Zinn (historian)
The most ancient human animal civilizations were in river deltas: Egypt/Nile, Mesopotamia/Tigris-Euphrat, Pakistan and Nothern India/Ganges.
Around 2000 BC we find the start of Chinese Culture in the Yellow River delta, and of Old Greek culture in the Mediterranean Sea.
The first tribe that was sufficiently organized to unite most of ancient China was the Zhou Dynasty (1100BC-200BC).
The first really large empire was made by the Persians (start 550BC). The Persians were the first people
to unite Nile Valley, Mesopotamia and Indus Valley under a single government.
And the Persians opened regular contact between Africa, Asia and Europe.
Before Alexander the Great/the Cursed (356-323 B.C.) the Persian Empire was HUGE, and Greece/Macedon a dot on the world map.
The Western World still practiced massive slavery until start 20th century and never got acquainted with a holistic culture like Buddhism.
Slavery was forbidden in ancient Persia.
Empires that come and go (from success to downfall)
Very ancient: Egypt, Hittites, Babylon
Persian Empire 550BC-330BC (Zoroastrianism)
Hellenic Empire 323BC-31BC
|'immateriality' invented by Aristotle
Persian Parthian Empire 250BC-AD224 - Roman Empire
Presian Sassanid Empire 224AC-450AC - Roman Empire
Persian Sassanid Empire 450AC-651AC- Catholic Empire
Muslim Empire 651AC-.... - Catholic Empire
Muslim Empire - British Evangelical Empire 1500-1940AC - Catholic Empire
Muslim Empire - Nazi Evangelical Empire 1940AC-1945AC - Catholic Empire
Muslim Empire - American Evangelical Empire 1945AC-...- Catholic Empire
Behind Latin, Arabic and English is a dual world view (soul body, mind body split, metaphysics/physics, ..).
In numbers the Chinese language world is still nr 1 (the chinese symbols that are translated as 'spiritual' point at the world of emotion).
Henk Tuten: my site is about the process of change.
In the American Empire (cultural reality full of 'reason' worshippers
) the rapidly growing distance between the world of behavior
and the world of 'intelligence' (with words like understanding
is getting counterproductive. Worrying when you realize that the American Empire became a 'world of lawyers' and is ordered by the value 'intelligence'.
That results in America and colonies where 'intelligent' leaders (great minds or great word jugglers) don't show much effective behavior.
Characteristic for a dying civilization. When great cultures fade away, times are turbulent.
After Enlightenment in Northern Europe and especially America god-worship was gradually mixed with dictatorship of language (rational perception; Immanuel Kant
replacing 'god' with 'ratio' was no essential change.
America for a long time had enough problems itself, but Europe started dominating the world with 'reason' (British Empire 1600-2000).
Outside the Western World this must have looked felt like being seperated from the Fortress Europe as 'unintelligent' (by physical barriers resulting from 'rational' logic
This Fortress Europe was barricaded more and more, to become an extremely wealthy almost unreachable island.
Centre of savage exploitation ('intelligently' robbing material and slaves to do material work) of a large part of the surrounding world.
On this island Europe 'intelligence' is worshipped and is seen as 'wisdom', ignoring that in ancient common sense 'wisdom' was supposed to be
related to wise BEHAVIOR and used to be a characteristic of wizards and meant PRACTICING forgotten effective skills
Starting at Enlightenment Northern Europe was dominant overseas for many ages, in a hidden savage way.
The 'man in the street' saw Europe as a friendly dinosaur, while European armies became murderous instruments of death.
This changed since World War II and the rapidly rising world domination of the US. Openly based on visible superior military force.
Especially protestant Northern Europe refound it puritan roots, by way of copying American behavior (i.e.: power politics, big is beautiful, efficiency, rationalization
Behavior that had proved to be highly effective in robbing a whole continent (New World) and in extinguishing native Red Indian culture.
A first try out ECSC (1952) was developed into EEC (1958), a hardcore americanized Europe. 'Economically' extremely successfull.
Americanized behavior proved to very effective in wiping out behavior that had been useful in 'environment Europe' for ages.
Partly like wildfire cleaning up, but unlike wildfire completely destroying existent structure.
In 1993 the downfall started when EEC was made into EU.
The merciless 'economical' attitude, useful in building a New World from scratch, backfires and now temporarily sends two dominant continents back into nothingness.
Don't blame the US. Individualism and the related savage exploitation were from the very start existent in Catholicism,
the egoistic aspect was strengthened in Protestantism and perfected in Puritanism.
The 'rational' exploitation behavior of the Americans (capitalism
) only awoke sentiments that were slumbering in Protestant Europe.
And were admired in Catholic Europe.
... Stephen Hawkins (2010):
If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans. We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn't want to meet.