Sunday, February 08, 2015

Tribal vs. universal

Continuing "Ice people vs. sun people":
Good points, John, but nonocracy (rule of law) as we understand it today seems to be peculiar to the Anglo-Saxons of the British Isles. Other Northern Europeans (esp. the Germans) tended more towards authoritarianism. In fact, the roots of nonocracy can be traced to the old Roman Republic, which was Southern European.

Also, wasn't the Roman Catholic Church basically an Italian invention? You can't get more universalist than that.

Over the past century a lot has been written in the "nature vs. nurture" debate. At one point the hereditarians (who espoused genetic determinism) held the field. Since the 1960's we've been inundated with the propaganda of the Left who subscribe to behaviorism, social and environmental determinsm. The truth lies somewhere in the middle. Adding the nascent and growing field of epigenetics only promises to make the debate that much more interesting.

It is funny how in the case of homosexuality they say no... no... it's entirely nature. The glaring exception to their rule.
Steve Sailer has pointed out that much of our culture such as rule of law is uniquely English.

Humanly speaking, the Catholic Church grew out of a still tribal, non-universal culture, Judaism, plus late classical Greek culture (the Greek language, and Plato's and later Aristotle's ideas, feeding our universality), fusing them. It happened (providentially, if you will) to convert the Italians and happens to be based within what's now Italy (Rome, once the headquarters of the Western world, ruling both the Jews and the Greeks).

Sidebar: the Orthodox think their tribes ARE the church, one of their weaknesses. The defining Slavic-American Orthodox myth is that their leaving Catholicism in favor of their ancestral customs was a return to the true faith. Those customs are good, but their tribes aren't synonymous with the church. Then their third generation in America leaves when they're not culturally Greek, Slavic, etc. anymore. People who are really spiritual eventually see through the tribalism and parochialism. In theory their doctrine is as universal as ours, but in practice they're what I describe. Partly why their Western Rite experiments are tiny: most Westerners so inclined become or remain Catholic, and in their hearts the Orthodox don't want it. It's not of their tribes.
Cultures often borrow heavily from one another. Only isolated places (like islands) don't follow this rule. Even the Japanese adopted Confucianism and Buddhism early in their history. As I pointed out earlier, nonocracy (rule of law) was something created (in its modern form) by the English. No one else in Northern Europe at that time had anything approximating it. However, Anglo-Saxon culture was significantly influenced by the Mediterranean cultures of Rome, Greece and Judaea. As I learned in college, the roots of nonocracy can be found in the Constitution of the old Roman Republic, what most historians consider the first true republic in history.
"Cultures often borrow heavily from one another." The French invaded England, changing our language forever. We're still a Germanic language (sharing 60% of our vocabulary with German so our respective literature translates well in both directions) but we went from sounding like the Germans and the Dutch to something we understand today, taking the guttural edge off our sound. English is a Germanic language that sounds like it's pretending to be a Romance language because of all the stolen words.

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