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    Without Legally Enforced Monogamy, Western Civilization is Finished: Part 2 of 3

    by Ferdinand Bardamu “I learned in university that cooking for your family is patriarchy” Western Monogamy in Decline Once the cornerstone of Western civilization, monogamy is now in a state of seemingly irreversible decline. Statistics corroborate this trend. In England and Wales, from 1972 to 2016, the number of marriages has declined, but the number of divorces has risen dramatically. The general marriage rate (GMR), the number of people who marry per 1000 unmarried people, has also decreased significantly. In 1972, it was nearly 80% for males and 60% for females; by 2016, it was approximately 20% for both sexes (Office of National Statistics, 2019). The same trend can be observed…

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    The European Idea Of Progress Supersedes The Axial Age: Part Four

    by Ricardo Duchesne Map of Axial Age Civilizations Definition of “Axial Thought” The Axial Age idea is the most concerted effort to retain aspects of the idea of progress while disallowing Western civilization from claiming to be the most progressive in the sciences, technology, cultural creativity, and forms of state organization. This idea has historical merits. The period between 800 and 200 BC did see major intellectual developments in various parts of the Old World that came to shape the subsequent historical paths of millions of humans, the rise of Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Greek philosophy. But academics can’t hide the fact that the Axial Age includes a very selected…

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    The European Idea Of Progress Supersedes The Axial Age: Part Three

    by Ricardo Duchesne   Kalapalo tribe in Brazil: Ritual Dances Rituals in Simple Mythic Cultures According to Bellah, humans express their highest values and cultural practices in those activities we define as “play” and “ritual,” because these activities are performed when humans are in a “relaxed” state away from evolutionary pressures. During these relaxed times, humans have the opportunity to be guided by motivations and goals freed from the everyday jealousies and divisions that characterized life in the Darwinian struggle for existence. It is not hard to understand why Bellah would identify play as a “relaxed field” of activity. According to the standard dictionary definition, the word “play” means activity “engaged…