Monday, June 27, 2016

John Craig Puts the West on the Couch

It's healthy for a person, or a country, or a culture, to be self-critical. If you're not self-critical, how can you ever improve? If you don't recognize your flaws, you can't compensate for them. You know people who can't entertain the notion that they need improvement. Not the best people to deal with. On the other hand, there has to be a limit on this kind of thinking. There are people who overdo it, and magnify their flaws in their mind, and drown in guilt and a weird sort of self-pity. They see their own flaws as worse than the same flaws in other people. They're probably more annoying to deal with than the other group.

What applies to human beings generally applies, and certainly does in this case, to human groups — countries and cultures. On that scale, an example of that first type, the type incapable of noticing his own flaws, might be China. Yes, China went through a period of self-criticism in the Great Cultural Revolution, with mixed results, but that's all over now, and it's hard to imagine China thinking of itself as inferior in any way to other countries or cultures. It could probably benefit from a little self-criticism now, but it's a far healthier attitude to minimize one's own flaws than it is to blow them out of proportion.

And that's what the West has been doing for a long time now, both Western Culture as a whole and the countries that make it up. Self-criticism has reached ridiculous proportions. One enormous, pungent example of this is the constant harping on slavery, from remakes of Roots, to dozens of books, college courses, etc., excoriating Western Culture for its slavery period. We teach our kids in school and elsewhere that they, as Whites and Westerners, should feel perpetually guilty about the fact that the Western Culture had the institution of slavery for a couple of centuries about a century and a half ago. The fact that the West eliminated and outlawed slavery is ignored. The fact that other cultures — Islamic, Indic, Chinese, etc. — also had slavery, had it worse and longer, and didn't eliminate it until the West made them do it is also underplayed. As is the fact that slavery still exists in much of Africa and the Islamic world.

That's just one example. John Craig thinks the West needs therapy. Years of therapy.  This is from Just Not Said [link]:

If the West were a person…..

….how would it be analyzed? What is its syndrome? What would be the diagnosis?

To listen to the Left, you'd think the West was still just one big rampaging sociopath, the way it was up to the 19th century, going around conquering, killing, raping, and stealing from darker skinned peoples, while constantly scheming for world domination.

(Of course, other ethnic groups wanted to do those same things, they simply weren't as successful at accomplishing them as the West.)

But the West is no longer that way; it has become much weaker and much more guilt-ridden. A few hundred years later, and the West is the opposite. Not only does it no longer conquer, it actively seeks its own destruction. In fact, white people go around castigating themselves for being white and trying to out virtue-signal each other by talking about white privilege and desperately trying to show how anti-racist they are. They even encourage people bent on the West's destruction to immigrate to the West.

Now, just for a moment, suppose that this were just a single person exhibiting these qualities, and not an entire civilization. And let's assume, for argument's sake, that everyone else was sane (i.e., had a healthy ego and no overwhelming need for self-abasement and self-destruction).

How would this one sick individual be diagnosed?

It would be pretty obvious that he was suffering from some sort of neurosis. But which one? Learned helplessness? Was this person brought up by parents who insisted he never fend for himself, and thereby effectively turned him into a perpetual infant?

Is it depression? Why else would it be so suicidal?

Could it be that modern technology and media have given the west a case of ADD? How can anyone focus their mind on a threat when there are so many easily available distractions?

You could say the West has PTSD, from the all the recent wars it's fought, most of which -- ever since Viet Nam, at least -- have eventually had bad outcomes.

Is the West psychotic? You'd have to be delusional to think that importing people who hate us is a good idea.

Or maybe the West has Aspergers. Our inability to see that others hate us seems downright autistic at times.

If the West were looked at in sexual terms, it would definitely be a masochist. ("Whip me! Make me suffer! I'm no good!")

The best analogy I can come up with is Stockholm Syndrome.

Wikipedia describes it as:

a psychological phenomenon described in 1973 in which hostages express empathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending and identifying with the captors.

Is that not a perfect description of the West as it now is?

For the past fifty or so years, we have been held captive by a hostile media, which enforces a politically correct mindset of various Leftist doctrines which have turned the West into a helpless giant.

The pathetic thing is, this transformation was wrought without a single shot being fired, or any actual hostage-taking haven taken place. And much of the population has succumbed to this constant barrage of brainwashing.

Is the population of the West really that weak-minded and susceptible?

If so, maybe they deserve their fate.
Quibcags: This first illustrated by Kasumi of Ranma ½ (らんま½)  , the second by Urabe of Mysterious Girlfriend X (謎の彼女X. Nazo no Kanojo Ekkusu)..

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