There are various philosophical concepts that represent our world as a kind of aggregate of things similar to themselves, each other and the universe. With a number of reservations that we can not fully understand the meaning of existence, these concepts do not contradict Christian doctrine (see the writings of Gregory Palamas). So this or not so we leave to philanthropists and theologians, but we can always carry out a number of ironic parallels in historical and cultural processes.
And so, there are two islands (groups of islands) on the edges of Eurasia. The people on them live very interesting. These people until the middle of the twentieth century, these looked down on neighbors and developed a culture that sometimes up to the point of absurdity rejects the continental customs. Moreover, these peoples equally regarded their neighbors as useless "dogs," while the inhabitants of distant lands were strangers, but worthy of respect "barbarians". And these people have long been friends with each other until the crafty Yankee has not quarreled them in the oil fields of Borneo ...
Both the British and the Japanese really did well over the centuries to dominate their neighbors. The Japanese empire persistently absorbed huge China and Korea after the withdrawal from isolation, and the English intrigues and fleet managed to achieve domination over France, and over Germany, and over Russia in a large number of aspects in the XIX and XX centuries.
But against the "barbarians" in the noble loincloths they could not resist both. Japan was more fortunate. Their "barbarians" were pale tall and tall. Therefore, the influence of the same not yet fallen Britain, Russia, the United States (along with the occupation and cultural expansion into Japan in the 50-ies) brought the Land of the Rising Sun benefits in the XIX century and not a particular loss in the last century. Japan, even, saturated with postmodern, persistently pumped there by the Americans after 2 August 1945, remains Japan.
But the British were less fortunate. Their barbarians turned out to be real. These aliens carry in themselves what gnaws and flushes the foundation of the Romano-Germanic-Celtic culture of the beautiful islands.
But the reason for the loss of the British civilization, its voluntary degeneration into something Babylonian lies at the heart of its very essence.
It is enough to read the British literature of the boundary of all the same past and before last century. The famous epic of Captain Blood, for example, a cult novel 20-ies of the last century. Who is the main enemy of the English? The Spaniards. Those Spaniards that for many years slowly and persistently (but did not have time) grinded and forged Arabs and Indians into subjects of His Catholic Majesty. The Spanish took from the conquered peoples some elements of culture, be it the Moorish style of some buildings, but to the best of their ability tried to carry Europe to all corners of their Empire.
The English were opposed to Russia, Germany and France in 18 and 19 centuries. They absolutely did not accept the colonial policy of the continent. The continental powers tried to incorporate into their value system the conquered peoples even in the overseas provinces. Save some features, but bring the fullness of the culture to both Mali and Mordovia. France, of course, overstrained, but still 30 years of the old policy in Algeria and the region would not be recognized.
The English followed a different path from the very beginning. White gentlemen with canes, as the luminaries of culture and a crowd of aborigines who almost did not taste the benefits of civilization. And this system operated for some time effectively. Until there was an opportunity for the inhabitants of the former colonies to migrate to the former metropolis. And they did not begin to migrate there native speakers of British culture, but foreign and foreign civilized people flocked to London, with rights from the queen, but without any responsibilities to the legacy of Albion.
The British elite are to blame for the deepest crisis of Western European civilization. And the process began more than 100 years ago. It is the bored and hungry part of the British aristocracy that launched this process. The course of thought of such people is perfectly reflected in the novel by the Englishman Chesterton "The Flighthouse". The book is compulsory for reading any traditionalist. Briefly, the thought can be conveyed as follows: "Christianity, with its humility, helping one's neighbor, forgiveness and other dogmas, strongly ties the hands of power, the oligarchy. In a country where at least Christianity is the predominant religion, one has to reckon with the opinion of the people. Knocking out both Christianity and traditions, obtained on its basis or with its participation, repeatedly accelerates the process of subordination of all classes and classes (including aristocrats) of the oligarchy. "
Chesterton in general very perspicaciously looked ahead. That there is only a moment when it turns out that the London police, replacing the "Prussian helmets" with "Turkish fez", is losing its effectiveness.
And the fault of the oligarchic elites of the West (degenerate aristocracy) has quite natural roots. This elite itself did not appear in the confrontation with Asia, but in confrontation with the Continent, with those who opposed Asia. Therefore, the Russian nobleman and the German Junker, and even the Italian Don, were surrounded on all sides by hostile forces. In front of the Turks, and behind the Englishman ...
Western European island civilization, of course, is interesting. But she outlived her. She physically can not resist the influx from Asia. It may do it, but it can not.
The trouble is that Western European thought has penetrated into central Europe, both to the south and to the north. It took in the depths of the American continent from the shores of the Oceans, where its own, new continental model was forming. And today we have a choice - to disappear in the abyss of history together with this model or to return to our own, able to withstand the threats of time. And the inhabitant of York, City, New York and Houston has a choice. Stay in a dying model and follow the alternate paths that these peoples have.