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Clash of Societies in Advancing Social Civilizations

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Submitted by M Tovey (United States), Jul 18, 2020 at 21:19

While the world is experiencing one of the more modern assaults on the fabric of global societies en grosse, one cannot help but to do some introspection and recall personal experiences, including participation in certain processes of education for those who had the good fortune of scholastic endeavors, doing so to find out if something was missed in that very process that can explain what the 'bleep' is happening to turn our current existence on its head. Modern societies, 'western based' as Dr. Pipes' couches in this dissertation, are on a collision course and the perceptions of earlier historical works as he has made comparison to here are helpful, but do not capture the true essence of the bigger, much more panoramic view of the conflict issues on the event horizon. The causes in view are myriad; the conclusions of which are uncertain.
As alluded to by the good Doctor's premise, there are more than just a few perspectives to the unfolding events of history, the opinions of which are plenty; and in their own right full of colorful stories and dramas resulting in such a diverse collection of multiple narratives that fill libraries in most of the world major languages, both current and ancient. To try to absorb and digest what the written and parole evidences provide, and the attempt to draw any comprehensive derivations to which influences on societies were subjected, requires an amazing amount of intellectual perseverance that only the most elite of the academics are willing to endure, leaving alone any amateurish reviews of history that lead to no new understanding of just how things got to where they have. Theories abound; results are inconclusive.
The collisions of occidental and oriental cultures have historical records that clash, neither side conceding which is winning the battles of influences; the casualties of which are buried or otherwise hidden in the ruins of empires; and no one can claim incontrovertible victory yet. Still, where the clash is still engaged is where the future is not yet decided for reasons of lack of conviction. The willingness to die for a cause appears to be subliminal to any side attempting to come out on top for the best intentions of civilization as a whole. It appears that intrinsic to all of this is the cloud that religious influences seem to hold, whether eastern or western based; or monotheistic or pagan. The question of who will win remains open; what is certain though, is that societies cannot agree if they are willing to be submissive to the winner. And that is the conclusion no history yet written by man can achieve; they can't determine what they do not know. No mortal human knows the future and certainly not the end.

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