Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Life and Death of a Civilization

The life and death of a civilization is a good deal like the life and death of an individual organism. Between birth and death, the lifecycle moves steadily toward degeneration and death. The length of that lifecycle however is determined by the behavior of the organism. The organism can behave in ways that extends its lifespan or in ways that cut it short. And so can a civilization.

There are of course catastrophic forms of death for both a living organism and a civilization. But setting those aside, the lifecycles of both move from a vigorous youth, toward an increasingly ambivalent middle age, followed by degeneration and death. For a living organism, degeneration follows as the body becomes increasingly incapable of flushing the toxins that are byproducts of its normal functioning... and from copying errors in its DNA.

A living system is one whose parts organically replace themselves when they wear out. The human body replaces its cells over and over again throughout a person's lifetime. Every seven years the human body has replenished itself anew. We can think of this as akin to a generation in a civilization. By that measurement, the United States of America as an independent nation is in its late eighties. Almost a century if you count colonial times. Most of Europe is a good deal older. Israel is a confused 13 year old. Australia is a late twenty something, looking toward its thirties.

But all of these countries are suffering from fairly similar maladies, call it a virus, the black death, the Influenza pandemic that swept a bloody scythe in the 1920's. And their prognosis' are looking fairly grim.

The first problem is fairly obvious, flushing the toxins. Toxins build up naturally in the human body. As the body grows older, it becomes less capable of flushing those toxins out of its system. Crime is one such obvious toxin. So is illegal immigration. Political corruption, just to name a third. Each is a normal byproduct of a civilization's functioning. In a health civilization, they can be controlled and flushed out when they become dangerous. In a weakened state however, they poison and sicken the body politic, and can even contribute to killing it.

Secondly there is the DNA copying problem. To reproduce its sub-parts a living organism needs to make accurate copies of them. In a civilization that means passing down core laws, beliefs and practices from generation to generation. In a living organism, multiple copies produce increasingly error prone copies, much like a game of broken telephone does. The bad copies can then result in mutated cells, cancers and failures. In a civilization, bad copies of its values and principles can mean a generation raised on mutated beliefs, that allows cancers to thrive within the body politic.

We might look at the United States Constitution as an example of the nation's core DNA. The information that each generation needs to successfully replicate the United States of America. From generation to generation, what we've been doing is making copies of the Constitution. You might protest that we have the original copies on display in their specific wording. However that really doesn't matter, because every generation has "interpreted" the Constitution in ways relevant to its own agendas and understanding. This has led to copying errors in our national DNA. Each succeeding re-interpretation of the Constitution has been an increasingly mutated one, resulting in an increasingly mutated understanding of American law and government.

Of course no civilization, like no living organism, can exist forever. But the lives of our civilizations are imperiled through a combination of factors.

First of all, we have become increasingly incapable of flushing our toxins. The resulting toxic buildup is doing severe damage to our basic systems, and each toxin is not an isolated problem, but are intertwined. Immigration continues to drive crime. Political corruption drives immigration. Islamic terrorism depends on all three.

Secondly, copying errors have led to the loss of our ideals. We are living in a system in which cancerous cells thrive, and healthy ones are attacked by a dysfunctional immune system which has been hijacked to function in a diseased organism. The loss of meaning has corrupted and inverted our political system, making it cancerous. And our political immune systems, the press, law enforcement and academia, are working to fight healthy cells, while letting diseased cells through, and generating even more extreme copying errors.

Third of all, we are under attack by a virus known as Islam. This has occurred even while we are already succumbing to the virus of socialism, one we have been fighting for well over a century, 28 years in human cellular generations. This virus has corrupted our DNA quite badly, resulting in a dysfunctional immune system and a body at war with itself.

If our civilizations were healthy, the Islamic virus would pose no threat. But in our current weakened state, the effect is similar to that of a man with a damaged immune system coming down with the flu. What might be a mild problem to a healthy organism, is fatal to a weakened organism.

This trinity of problems highlight what we are suffering now, as well as the solution. To survive we must restore our DNA to a clean, or at least a cleaner copy. We must rebuild our immune systems to begin fighting the diseased cells and to repel the external viruses. That means rebooting our national ideals, laws and government to a clean state in order to compensate for the copying errors. With that as the bellwether, we can then clearly divide cells into healthy and diseased ones, and begin treating any part of the immune system that attacks healthy cells, as rogue and cancerous... and destroy it.

No civilization lives forever, but what we are undergoing now is not natural, instead a particular political species, one that has shown a great ability to cultivate knowledge, be technologically and creatively productive, is under attack from without and within. And should it perish, ultimately the diseased cells will die with the healthy. For like the virus that kills its host, only to die in turn, the destructive force means death even to itself. While the living organism represents the future of the world.


Matt said...

DNA copying extends to like living with like. Mixing nations being multi cultural does not work. It is a ridiculous to think that it does.
Like must stay with like in order for there to be common goals, common vision and to stay on one path.

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed your article Sultan, very well written. You are a great popularizer and make it easy for everyone to understand.

Speaking of analogies, I've always compared terrorism with gangrene. The solution must be radical. You sometimes have to amputate a member to safe one's life. World wide it is the same thing. This means that we have to amputate terrorism (the gangrene sick member of the world) so the world can stay alive. I think that the attack from without is easier to solve.

As for the attack from within, it seems to be a bit more difficult task. It is not easy to detoxify a body. It takes lots of discipline and long term efforts. But if we do not do it, our western civilization will perish and barbarism will flourish.

(French Canadian)

reoconnot said...


Didn't you hear? Obama has eliminated terrorism. Now all we have to worry about is Man Made Disasters.

So what did you think of Gainey double shifting Kovalev to protect a lead? Or do I stereotype you?

Anonymous said...

You forgot to mention that historical fact that past civilizations perished because of sacrificing humans to their idols. Likewise, the American civilization will soon perish in an eyeblink if it will not stop legally aborting its own potential citizens as offerings to its so many idols.

Keli Ata said...

Fascinating article:) Great comments, too.

It's interesting to note that antibiotics are used to destroy both bacterium and certain cancer cells.

The word antibiotic is a combination of the Greek word "anti" meaning against and "bios" meaning life. Bacterium attack by penetrating the walls of healthy cells. Antibiotics work by destroying the cell membranes of bacterium and destroys the life of the bacterium.

So in terms of fighting the disease facing our country we need to strengthen our walls/borders or cell membranes, making them impossible to penetrate. Do away with NFTA; buy American only. Strengthen our economy.

Crack down on illegal immigrants entering the country via Mexico, especially given the horrendous violence taking place there now.

The border with Canada is secure. No problem at all. We can still enjoy the Friendship Festival and celebrate Canada on July 1, Independence Day on July 4. We're friends and neighbors.

Clamp down on student VISAs. Make sure any foreign student, especially from the Middle East, is actually attending college. Keep close tabs.

As for the RNA and DNA replication of cancer cells? That will take longer to cure but it can be cured. To paraphrase R. Soloveitchik, the greatest lesson of the 20th century was to stop confusing civilization with civility, knowledge with wisdom and culture with morality.

Here we are in another century and I still don't think we've learned those lessons. America's children certainly haven't. Let's try again.

As for the highly malignant undifferentiated cells that have no American identity, like, say, an "American" president who's not an American?

He can't be cured and nees to be voted out of office. There's no remedy for that just as there's no remedy for highly malignant cancer cell.

As with all disease there's a two pronged attacked--destroy the disease's cell membrane, strenthen the host's cell membrane, and control RNA/DNA replication.

Anonymous said...

The biggest destroyer of immune system is political correctness, it paralizes the ability to think and respond in a logical, reasonable fashion. If we can't name terrorism, Islam is the realigion of peace, cop killer is a martyr, Israel can't defend it'
s citizens' lives, gay and lesbians and even Jews for Islam (huge oxymoron), etc, etc. how much chance do we have to survive against a totalitarian religion who believes in its mission and doesn't vaccilate from its goal?

Anonymous said...

"Obama has eliminated terrorism. Now all we have to worry about is Man Made Disasters." (Reoconnot)

Yeah sure, "Man made disasters"... what an idiot! The only "Man-made disaster" we should be talking about is the USA's November elections.

"So what did you think of Gainey double shifting Kovalev to protect a lead?" (Reoconnot)

I'm not a fan of the "Habs"... maybe because I am a federalist. I am a fan of the Ottawa Senators who where doing fine except for the past 2 years. Québeckers thinks that Québec is their country, so they hate all other Canadians hockey clubs... lol.

Keli Ata,

I like your analogy to antibiotics. I agree strongly with your comment except for your position on Nafta. I believe that a country who cherish protectionism will eventualy die. Here are 3 videos that explains it very well:




(French Canadian)

Anonymous said...

Obama Judicial Nominee Says Prayers to Allah OK... But Not to Jesus


"Judge David Hamilton ruled that prayers in Jesus Name at the Indiana House of Representatives was unconstitutional, but prayers to Allah were not. Hamilton is precisely what Obama wants in a judge: Someone who ignores the Constitution and imposes his own liberal ideas on each case."

(French Canadian)

reoconnot said...


I agree completely with your 3:22 post. You have correctly identified the role of political correctness in our inability to respond appropriately to the threat of Islam.

The common view is that Islam, with its conservative practices, can't possibly take over a liberal civilization however my opinion is that unless they launch more attacks on American soil similar to 9/11 they will eventually impose their will on our confused, self- hating and flaccid civilization.

Islam is like dripping water on a rock. It never gives up and eventually bores its way through. In this case the rock is very porous.

Anonymous said...

Interesting insight and observation:
Sophie Scholl wrote the following about the damage to the German people caused by fascism:

"The real damage is done by those millions who want to 'survive.' The honest men who just want to be left in peace. Those who don't want their little lives disturbed by anything bigger than themselves. Those with no sides and no causes. Those who won't take measure of their own strength, for fear of antagonizing their own weakness. Those who don't like to make waves or enemies. Those for whom freedom, honour, truth, and principles are only literature. Those who live small, mate small, die small. It's the reductionist approach to life: if you keep it small, you'll keep it under control. If you don't make any noise, the bogeyman won't find you. But it's all an illusion, because they die too, those people who roll up their spirits into tiny little balls so as to be safe. Safe?! From what? Life is always on the edge of death; narrow streets lead to the same place as wide avenues, and a little candle burns itself out just like a flaming torch does. I choose my own way to burn."

The Dame Truth said...

A Sultan of word and thought you are--few have articulated our plight[s] so profoundly.

Sultan Knish said...

Thank you Dame Truth, it's important for all of us to know where we're headed

Anonymous said...

There is no civil in civilization.

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