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The Birth of Western System and The Second Decline of Western Man

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The Birth of Western System and The Second Decline of Western Man

Post by OULGOUT Abdelouahed on Mon Sep 29, 2008 4:48 am

Before I shed light on the historical circumstances that gave birth to the new western system, I'd like first to cast an eye over the basic features that differentiate that system from any other.

Economically speaking, the new western system is deeply based on the individual freedom in the practice of various commercial activities. This uncontrolled liberty led to a highly ongoing competition among corporations within markets. Money has been profoundly connected to life and happiness; "time is money". This capitalist proverb undoubtedly determines how western people devote their entire life to satisfy one single desire that is purely physical. Thus the material side in the western social, cultural, political and economic structure has become the backbone of their existence; it has dominated at the expense of the spiritual demands of human being, who is now suffering from a boundless spiritual and moral emptiness.

The lack of spiritual comfort, which is often coined with stress and despair, was and is till developing through a set of extremist theories took roots in the unconscious of individuals, who no longer feel at ease within the context they live in.

To put an end to their torment, many westerners find themselves in between life and death. Some of them have lost their patience and announced their death by committing suicide, and others found corruption their easiest alternative with which to fill in the gap between themselves and their souls. The west has become a victim of both the past and the present regardless of enlightenment it has once witnessed. Mayn't this be the second decline of western Man?

Historically speaking, the church, as a reprehensive of the spiritual side of the west had pulled down. The loss of its function emphasizes how its systems and creeds oppose the new western reason that longs for change and freedom. Throughout the course of European history, the church used to control the social as well as the political spheres of life. It also used to interfere in the economic affairs of people and the states. Yet, now, it doesn't any more. The separation between the state and the church has deprived the latter of any political or economic function. It has become a part of the civic arena and no longer of politics. Consequently, the church has had to fly outside Europe, export its creeds, spread out missionaries and find new markets to regain the trust of people and recover its traditional power.

The western Man, who no longer trusts the church, has but to wait for an unknown alternative that will save him from the darkness of a historical experience and guide him into the light of a spiritual and material moderation.
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