Cultural decline

theory

Cultural decline is where culture doesn't develop sufficiently so as to create enough opportunities for people in society and to promote social progress, which in turn promotes not just economic prosperity and social cohesion but also - and far more importantly - human evolution. These reasons include those shown below.

Widespread myths

These are myths promoted by people in authority and have been for centuries which have become part of language and are also passed down through generations in families. These myths include such things as ideas about the universe, time and money and how we perceive ourselves.

Western culture for example is based on individualism and supremacy of the individual, and this reinforces the idea that the individual human being is somehow separate and totally disconnected from everything else. This not only leads to feelings of dis-empowerment and isolation but also promotes indifference to the hardships and suffering of others. "It's not my problem," some people say, whole others say "What can I do about it?"

Belief attachments

Belief attachments are another cause of cultural decline because they promote ideology and belief systems which create divisions and ideological differences between people. There is a persistent cultural division running through Western culture between individualism and the centuries old belief attachment in capitalism and collectivism through the 19th century belief attachment based around socialism. Both these ideologies are based on cultural myths.

All belief attachments create authority and through the creation of this authority result in dis-empowerment.

Dis-empowerment

Dis-empowerment is another major cause of cultural decline, especially when it involves a belief in rulership through authority, because it leads to a restriction and deprivation of opportunities which in turn leads to deprivation of individual human experience.

Excessive consumption

Excessive consumption is another reason for cultural decline because while people are consuming they are not experiencing.

Excessive material consumption is destructive not just in environmental terms due to the vast amounts of pollution which is caused as a result, it is also incredibly destructive to culture because it shifts the emphasis away from individual human experience towards money so that people have to work to earn money to buy consumer goods and this is what can often create debt and financial hardship.

However other forms of consumption are equally destructive to culture and this includes consumption of both information and culture - through watching television, celebrity culture, widespread use of the internet, social media, and the widespread use of mobile devices such as tablets, smartphones and iPads.

When you're consuming culture you're not participating in or creating your own culture, you're not having the sort of life experiences which are keeping you in contact with reality and the reality of your world. This can be so destructive that people can lose social skills and the ability to relate to other human beings.

Cultural development is a necessity

It's important to understand that cultural development is something which is very natural to human beings because it is how we evolve as a species. Your entire being including all aspects of your identity is based on your cultural awareness and even when you take off your clothes and are completely naked your culture remains with you, together with all your beliefs, ideas, prejudices and delusions. Culture is the basis of society because it is cultural awareness which is the basis for social beliefs and social thinking.

Cultural decline impacts on people's lives

Cultural decline is a process of dis-empowerment, deprivation of opportunity and deprivation of experience which cycles to form a process, so less opportunities lead to fewer opportunities for others, so other people cannot experience and create opportunities for others, which in turn leads to the same things happening for other people.

Cultural decline starts off social processes where people become dis-empowered through a deprivation of opportunity, and thus a loss of individul human experience, and they then too end up dis-empowering others who in turn end up being dis-empowered, and so lose out on life experience. This creates a lot of fear, mistrust and even anger between people which results in social divisions, and this is where social structures start to break down and people start putting up more and more barriers. This creates a new culture of distrust and hostility as social issues start to manifest and develop, affecting more and more people.

The endgame of cultural decline

The endgame of cultural decline is always the same, and it isn't as many people believe to be complete social collapse and total anarchy - anarchists aren't people who generally find social dysfunction, chaos and social disorder acceptable - it is authoritarianism, totalitarianism, and fascism.