counting wrote: ↑
Tue Jul 02, 2019 12:55 am
Majority of us who don't grow up or live in "Western Culture" on this planet, this feels a bit too preachy and like indoctrination materials, with superiority complex mixed in like others are inferiors and say evolution make human species susceptible to top-down hierarchy and obedience to power structure by default. I thought the modern spirit is all about freeing from the limitation imposed and able to think for ourselves and don't need to adhere to monolithic ideals. Diversity is the key for a species to thrive isn't it?
I agree that this is largely meant for Western Audiences, and thus may fall flat on others, those living for the most part outside of North/South America, Europe, and Australia(the country, Oceania). I apologize for my lack of foresight in that matter. Western Culture needs to hear this more, because western culture is attempting to abandon these morals en masse, which they do at their peril, as destruction of an ancient ideal often leads to catastrophe throughout history.
I wouldn't say that the speaker is trying to make non-Western cultures inferior, but rather simply doesn't address them for two reasons:
1. The speaker doesn't have extensive knowledge on every other culture
2. The issue at hand is directed at Western Culture, and thus the other cultures aren't inferior, but simply less relevant in the scope of the series.
(I will, however, point out that not only biblical texts, but also ancient mesopotamian texts and greek/norse ideals are also used, although these are also predominantly western)
The speaker uses biological and evolutionary evidence to defend his statements because he wishes to take a scientific approach. Taking a philosophical or religious approach in these types of discussions is subjective, because as you said, many people don't grow up in or use western thinking. And there is indeed ample evidence to support evolutionary reasons why our brains function the way they do. I wouldn't use the words "power structure", however, because, as the speaker often mentions, power is NOT what humans respect, and it is NOT what determines the hierarchical structure. The capacity for empathy, the ability to share, and the ability to effectively lead are better ways to define the hierarchical structures of many societies. Yes, there have been militaristic and fear-based cultures in the past, but they rarely end well, which implies that they aren't meant for humanity.
The Modern Spirit may be about freeing from limitation and not adhering to monolithic ideals, as you say. The critique here is indeed about the modern spirit. I would counter that "thinking for oneself" and "adhering to monolithic/ancient ideals" are not opposites. Through actual in-depth study of ancient ideals, done freely and with an open mind, one can find their values (sometimes needing to strip them of religious context to do so), and choose to accept the values presented. There is a reason why such ancient ideals lasted for thousands of years, and that reason is not because people in power wanted them to last (although they may have been in favour of such), but rather because the ideals work, and they hold true, even when used within religious context. Abandoning ideals that have worked for humanity for millennia without at the very least giving them a fair trial is unwise to say the least.
Diversity is the key for a species to thrive, but if you are looking at that from a biological perspective, this has already happened, Human biology is what allowed us to become one of the most successful species on our planet that we know of.
[However, when it comes to ideologies and cultures, while many disagree with the statement I am about to make, I will say that no, they are not all equally good and well-formed. The ideology of the Soviet Regime was not equally good for people as the ideology of Modern Japan, for example. It caused a lot more pain, suffering, and death.]
Before I start rambling however, I will make a conclusion. This series is definitely targeted toward Western Culture and Western Thinking. I suppose I should make that more clear in my original post, perhaps. I will, however, add that while not all of it would apply to other cultures, there are still points of value that are in accordance with human biology, and those values that are in accordance with human biology can be found in religions cross-culturally and throughout history.