A Theory of Civilisation
From 'A Study of Our Decline' by P Atkinson (27-Oct-20)

  1. A civilisation is a society that dominates surrounding societies by use of violence. A group of societies cannot create a shared understanding because they do not share the same basic morality, which makes their different understandings incompatible. In attempting to assert its own beliefs each society will inevitably clash with the others, and the stronger society will dominate. Hence:
  2. A society is a shared understanding, so is based upon shared beliefs about right and wrong, which are its religion. This religion allows citizens to bestow the same meaning on events so discover the same purpose and thus act as a single creature. And as the religion is concerned with social welfare, it will demand reverence for truth and self-sacrifice, qualities that are essential for every society to thrive. Therefore, as long as the majority are faithful, the society will blossom and build its vision of heaven on earth.
  3. Society's Lifespan A shared understanding recreates itself by each generation imbuing their offspring with the shared understanding, which is its religion. However, as this process is not perfect, every new generation contains a number of disbelievers, who eventually become the majority. Then the society loses not only its religion but its shared understanding so stops waxing and starts waning.
  4. Waning Without the guide of its religion, the society insensibly becomes ruled by popular fears and fancies, a tyranny that accepts no contradiction or resistance so Together these plunge society into delusion, chaos and poverty while shrivelling communal understanding so creating a hell on earth.
  5. The Start of Waning, which is the onset of the next Dark Age, is marked by two symptoms, with the appearance of one being followed by the appearance of the other: In England the Civil War (1642–1651), forcing Monarchy to become a servant of the Parliament, preceded their Golden Age of Literature (1660–1780); while in France their Golden Age of Literature (17th Century) preceded the French Revolution (1789), which replaced Monarchy with popular rule.
  6. Decline Ensues and from this time the community enters an irreversible decline where it becomes progressively sillier and weaker (Senile) though officially there is no change. This is revealed by:
  7. Dark Ages: Occurs when a dominant society is not displaced by another dominant society, but has become so senile that it is overwhelmed by barbarian war bands(terrorists). This must mean there is no other dominant society anywhere, so humanity must sink into superstition and ignorance. Thereby returning existence to a primitive state where life is short, harsh and miserable. For example, when Greek civilisation faltered it was replaced by Roman Civilisation, but when Roman civilisation faltered there was no other civilisation, so humanity sank into a Dark Age.
  8. Re-Birth: a new civilisation can arise from the collapse of an old civilisation when: