In 1918, the German philosopher Oswald Spengler wrote a prophetic book, The Decline of the West. He believed that a world war caused the onset of the agony of European civilization. The Nazis despised Spengler, because they believed that their ideology would bring Europe prosperity.
Spengler asserted that each civilization passes through childhood, adolescence, maturation, and then old age. The meaning of history lies in the fact that these civilizations replace each other, grow up next to each other, touch, push, and suppress each other. In every civilization there is a period of prosperity and a period of decline. Each civilization has its own soul; in the first stage, the soul establishes its language, beliefs, art, science and government. In the second stage, the soul suddenly seizes, which leads to decay and the death of civilization. Young civilizations flourish as rootless wild flowers in the feld; elderly civilizations resemble a giant, dried tree projecting a huge amount of rotten branches. Spengler listed these features of a civilization in decline:
- “Massification,” defined as when cities aggregate, and villages die.
- The modern citizen — newly nomadic and atheistic; primary aspirations are to garner money and power, no endeavors toward heroic myths and patriotism.
- Before the death of the civilization, there are wars occurring for world domination.
- At the head of many nations stand tyrants.
- A massive glut of equipment and technology.
Spengler’s pessimistic forecast for Europe, outlined that the continent would decline and face death, against the background of joy of new peoples and foreign conquerors. Now that small part of the world, unlike the ostrich hiding its head from danger in the sand, understands that the decline of Europe is near. The world has darkened, and the sun has almost descended over the horizon. In the darkness, there are beings similar to humans, but the goals of their lives oppose humanity, and therefore, they use bombs, knives, and bullets to kill ordinary people and themselves.
The most intelligent people understand that Europe will likely be the first to die, but soon other countries and continents will follow. Intellectuals understand what is currently transpiring represents not a war of religions or nationalities, but a war of civilizations. The new civilization is actually an ugly phenomenon, born from the darkness of history, which wants to return the world to its dark past, to a world of slavery, humiliation, and death, where there is destruction of thought and human freedom. The paradox lies in the fact that it’s not new, young people striving for possession of the world, but rather an ancient people, who once upon a time offered bursts of science and culture, while actualizing terrible devastation and slavery. And this contradictory people, united by one religion, created a ferocious mutant and forced most of their faith, and all other nations, to live in fear. These mutant-people use the powerful force of darkness in this war of civilizations. A small number of peaceful members of this religion exists, but they fear the ones who kill even their own, if they do not support them.
The Paris and Brussels terrorist attacks represent extensions of this permanent war of civilizations.
I contend, as do those who are not ostriches in the sand, that people who do not fear death cannot be governed. They cannot be manipulated. The person who does not fear death cannot be subjected, except by those who share their ideas, which take on the form of blood-thirsty, soul-corroding bacteria. Therefore, any ordinary person protecting their way of life is doomed to failure. And as scary as it sounds to hear, humble, smooth Europe is facing its demise.
There is a proverb that exists: “They danced and made merry, then counted it all up and came to tears.” Europe is paying the price, brought on by the consciousness of people in the name of “tolerance.” That wonderful word is now deformed to such an extent that it stands as a symbol of the beginning of the destruction of Europe, which will extend to most of the entire civilized world. Regardless of the pretty way in which some representatives of Western society pathetically talk, their appeals and dribbling left-liberal position have actually become a powerful impetus to the phenomenon, which appeared from the darkness and began its aggression against our civilization. People poisoned by half-liberalism/ half-communism do not understand that not only must they call for equality and freedom, but they must also ensure that those for whom they fight understand the meaning of these words. For example, you may fight for the freedom to live and to love your neighbor, while others understand liberty as the freedom to hate, kill, and rape.
I’m sure that currently the whole world silently wonders who will be the next victim, who will be attacked next, in the fight between darkness and aggression versus indulgence and spineless tolerance.
It seems to me that the world has two choices. First, to save the strength of the soul, countries need to immediately come together. Tis must be done as quickly as possible, without long negotiations. Nations must join together their forces, resources, and determination, and must boldly confront the universal threat as a united front. Specifically, I am talking about the United States and Belarus joining together in this confrontation.
All civilized countries need good friends, and these are actually dwindling.
The second alternative: All the inhabitants of Europe and other continents, who have forgotten God, must stand together in common prayer and ask for wisdom, determination and power from the Creator. Consider this ancient proverb: “Those who pray together, stay together.”
Unfortunately, I cannot introduce a third alternative, and believe it likely does not exist.
In connection to what is written above, I recall the words of the 300 Spartans killed in battle by the massive Persian army: “Victory or death!”