We continue analyzing Spengler’s Civilization Model for clues explaining the current chaos the Western world is now suffering in its death throes. In Part 1 of in this series, we looked at Spengler’s political predictions made 100 years ago for modern times. We saw they were dead on accurate when examining current events in the West. In this installment, we’ll look at Spengler’s spiritual predictions. We will see they also jive with current events.
Given that the West is currently in Winter (the dying phase) of the civilization model, we find Spengler predicted we would see the dawn of megalopolitan civilization as the population shifted from being rural and agrarian to urban and cosmopolitan in composition. This is so obvious to see it almost doesn’t need explanation.
In the U.S. most people are familiar with the Northeast megalopolis, which spans from New York to Boston to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. This is the most heavily populated area of the nation, and has almost become one continuous city spanning several states. Other megaregions or clusters of cities include the Great Lakes, Florida, Piedmont Atlantic, Texas Triangle, Gulf Coast, Front Range, Cascadia, and Southern California megalopolises. Indeed, this is the age of the megalopolis in the West even though many of these urban centers are already decaying from within – showing winter civilizational blight. Detroit is a perfect example of this urban blight, although many of America’s inner cities are showing their own signs of decay.
The great megalopolitan areas are blighting because the West has seen the extinction of its spiritual creative life force. There is little spirituality left in our civilization since Christianity is in decline, as are its teachings. Traditions and religion are now mocked rather than respected and the focus of daily life in the West has shifted from living according to traditions and principles to living according to the laws of economics and the machinations of politics.
Life itself has become problematical as a result of this obsession with economics (economic growth is everything in this culture) and the population shifting from an organic, rural base to an inorganic, urban base. As a result, Americans in particular have lost touch with their biology as gender bending becomes the norm and women become wannabe men who choose to chase dollars and careers rather than become moms. This is total insanity, biologically speaking, and it should come as no surprise this population can no longer sustain itself.
Westerners now try to satisfy their biological urges by buying material things, but this only provides them fleeting pleasure and not the spiritual fulfillment a family would bring. It doesn’t take long for this inorganic society to get caught up in a cycle of consumer driven insanity by trying to please themselves with an unending cycle of materialistic purchases, always missing the point that this extrinsic search for spiritual fulfillment will never make them happy.
Westerners no longer know how to look for intrinsic, spiritual happiness, and now look for happiness to come from outside themselves. Take a look at the world around us. Our machine culture is one of problems and solutions, complete with a materialistic world outlook, and a cult of science, utility and prosperity. There is nothing spiritual about it.
Beyond religion, it’s easy to see that native populations of Europe and the founding population of the United States have lost their life force since whites are now dying off at a rapid pace. The media disguises this by saying the white population is “aging” when the truth is it is aging because it is dying. Liberalism is a suicide cult that has perverted Western thinking, and represents the end of the spiritual creative life force in the West.
Reproduction, a crucial part of the life cycle for any biological organism is now weighed in terms of “pros” and “cons” amongst Westerners, which has led to them become demographically sterile. This is a predictable consequence for a society that only knows how to think rationally and not spiritually.
Philosophically, we also see ethical-practical tendencies of an irreligious and unmetaphysical cosmopolitanism. The simplest way to visualize this prediction is by watching the ongoing spread of the evil ideology Socialism. Socialism is metastasizing like a cancer through the body politic of the Western world. The Socialist creed is, of course, irreligious and bereft of any spiritual quality.
The West is cosmopolitan in that it no longer believes in itself, but now looks to other cultures for guidance. From the liberal obsession with ethnic restaurants to their tolerance of other religions but not Christianity, this cosmopolitan xenophilia also represents the end of the spiritual creative life force that once drove the West to greatness. This is a culture that no longer believes in itself, and even hates itself.
The spread of ethical Socialism since 1900 was predicted to be the final world sentiment of the West as it dies, and with current events in the political world that certainly seems to be an astute prediction. Socialists are gaining ground in the U.S. and the European Union is becoming the Soviet Union in all but name, as the West as we have known it for the past 1,000 years is dying from within and falling apart from without.
Further study of the spiritual section of Spengler’s Civilization Model allows one to study the evolution of spirituality amongst 4 cultures (including our own) in detail, going back to around the year 1000 when the modern Western world began developing. One can also compare and contrast the development of each season of the model in Indian, Greek, and Magian (Middle Eastern) cultures respectively by looking at each column of the table.
Note the Indian and Magian cultures still exist, but they haven’t been dominant forces on the world stage since the time of their decline. Each respective culture became shadows of their former greatness, as the West soon will. Each formerly great civilization was living rather primitively after its decline until those cultures picked up on the vitality of the West. As the West disintegrates, primitive human conditions will once again thrust up into the highly civilized mode of living. Westerners will likely find themselves conquered in the near future, and subject to a way of living that is foreign to them.
In the third and final installment, we’ll look at how Western art (music, paintings, and film) has completely degenerated in the modern era. It too, is uncannily following the predictions of the civilization model.
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