What does this lead to
For many, it seems incomprehensible, so what? Some minor problems. So what, that science will not be! So what, what a recession in the economy and in personal life! So what, that space. For free we do not need. As it collapsed, it will rise back. And everything will be taken again. From somewhere. Ah, no matter where. Always taken? Well, not at all. More than once in history it happened that civilization was retreating, and for a long time, plunging the whole world into barbarism.
The most typical example: the collapse of the Western Roman Empire. In 476 AD, the great empire fell. And it all happened in a very remarkable way. The Roman Empire experienced ups and downs, was repeatedly exposed to mortal danger, but each time survived. It was a republic, then it became an empire. It was ruled by emperors - geniuses, mediocrity, and even crazy. Nevertheless, she grew all the time, expanding her possessions. Rules almost all of Europe, part of Asia, Egypt, traded spices with India. Back in the early 400s, she seemed quite strong. Waged successful wars. But after the death of Emperor Theodosius, everything changed dramatically. The empire began to weaken. She could no longer resist the crowds of Germans settling on her territory. Strangers did not fight, but simply settled. Gradually, the empire was locked up in separate islets of its former territory, in large cities, and in the countryside, German leaders actually ruled. The power of the empire was nominally preserved. And then came the moment when the new tribes went on the offensive, and the last strongholds of the empire fell. All the former population, Roman citizens, were actually on the rights of slaves, second-class people among the conquerors. In some cities, traditions, even elements of the power of the former empire, were preserved for a long time, but they were a pure formality, and were not a serious force.
But how did this happen? Historians give us many reasons, from the Christian religion that has mastered the minds, introducing a defeatist psychology of non-resistance to evil, to the endless invasion of hostile tribes, which were not able to defend themselves. But these arguments do not stand up to serious criticism. Successful wars and crusades were waged under the banners of Christianity, and the Germanic tribes were nothing new, and even before they were satellites of a powerful neighbor. A careful examination of those events shows that at first the empire weakened from within. And this process began long before the end. It is noticeable even in architecture. The most complex majestic structures were once erected, but closer to the middle of our millennium traces of decline are noticeable. Buildings have become more primitive, not neat, less durable. As archaeologists say, at that time, most likely, many technologies of the past were already lost. Before the end, the country lost the patriotism of the population. No one wanted to serve in the Roman army, considering it a kind of slavery. The army was then huge, almost half a million people, but impoverished, poorly trained and poorly combat-ready. It was easier for residents to pay the required amount of money and not to join the army. With this money, the emperors hired the barbarian tribes, which served as the main fighting force of the late Romans. Contemporaries noted that many suggestions were made how to improve the combat efficiency of the army, in particular, equipping it with various mechanisms, but not one of them was implemented. Paradoxically, at that time the empire had all the information on how to assemble a steam engine, but then it was of no interest to anyone. And now the end has come. Chronists noted that the empire at that moment was falling apart literally in everything. Nothing worked anywhere. The result is natural, the population became slaves of the barbarians. After the sunset of the Roman Empire, no matter how bad it may be, the dark centuries of the Middle Ages, which are called so, began. Were lost or not used the achievements of science, culture, medicine of the era of antiquity. Europe plunged into the abyss of war and barbarism, from which it crawled with difficulty for almost 1000 years. The Western Roman Empire of the late period was actually a stronghold of civilization on the European continent. With its fall, civilization fell.
Comparison shows that this example is far from an isolated one in history. As is known from the history textbook, the first civilized states arose on the territory of Mesopotamia. And then what happened to them? They disappeared, leaving only monuments and archaeological artifacts. Further referred to Ancient Egypt. The once majestic state, able to build gigantic structures from huge stone boulders, was so dying closer to the beginning of our era that it was captured first by Alexander the Great and then by the Roman Empire. In fact, at that moment, it no longer remembered how it was able to build its pyramids, now archaeologists only build different hypotheses. All the achievements of the great ancient civilization in fact were lost as a result of decline. Further along the textbook is Ancient Greece. Having revealed the earliest examples of a just social system, developing science, culture, building beautiful buildings, having endured a series of wars between themselves and with powerful external opponents, by the time the Romans captured them, it was no longer a formidable force. First there was a pre-classical period, then a classic, then a decline and an end. Having replaced the Western Roman Empire as the stronghold of civilization, Byzantium managed to survive for a long time, but in the process still weakened, after which it was conquered by a strong more barbaric neighbor.
And this is far from the end of the list. Before Ancient Greece, oddly enough, developed ancient states already existed on the Asian continent. But then came the incomprehensible Catastrophe of the Bronze Age, and they all disappeared, pressed by the more warlike "Sea Peoples." And civilization at that moment again stopped, slipping into a primitive rural existence. The symptoms of this disaster are very similar to the decline of the Western Roman Empire. The wildest decline in population, depletion of metal deposits, famine, wars and epidemics, decline in trade and economy, decline of all social institutions. At the same time, neither religion nor customs helped to rectify the situation. When the "peoples of the sea" came, not a single kingdom developed in the past of that period, neither Hittite, nor Mycenaean, could offer them significant resistance. This is how one of the worst crises in human history began.
But what about other continents? In Africa, in addition to Egypt, it turns out that many states built pyramids, for example, in the territory of Sudan, the famous ancient civilization Kush, which also disappeared, did it. The rest of the peoples who had such technologies are not known to us. But it is believed that the cradle of civilization on Earth is Asia? Ancient pyramids, in addition to the most famous places, are surprisingly found in the Americas, on the territory of modern Indonesia. What unites these ancient builders, they all disappeared without a trace. Many people know the cave paintings of the Nazca plateau, but who painted them, what culture is unknown. She disappeared! Someone built the megalithic Stonehenge, already during the era of our era, and was completely lost in history. There are many such examples!
I will give the most exotic. Everyone knows about Easter Island.
But no one really understands how the indigenous population got there. It is believed that the aborigines sailed on rafts from the nearest South America. Thor Heyerdahl seems to have proved it by example. But considering it seriously is ridiculous. He clearly knew where he was sailing. He had a map, a compass, a walkie-talkie, and navigation devices to determine his location. It is foolish to assume that the brave sailors on the rafts set off at random into the open ocean, not knowing where they are sailing, not knowing the exact route and in general, that there is an island somewhere in the ocean. Together with families and chickens, they accidentally found this island and settled there. This story is more like a fairy tale. So you can come to Antarctica, just taking the wrong course. In addition, genetic studies have shown that Easter Island natives are closer to Polynesians than to South Americans. On the globe, Polynesia, the devil knows where, even further. The assumption that the ancient Polynesians found their way through thousands of kilometers of the stormy ocean on fragile reed boats, such they were brave, already seems like a naked fantasy. This requires more advanced ships, and knowledge of navigation in the open ocean. How did this happen? But very simple. This means that in the territory of ancient Polynesia then there was an ancient civilization unknown to us, the level of the Phoenicians or Egyptians. And this civilization was able to build such ships. There is nothing fantastic in it, except that it completely disappeared without a trace, leaving behind almost nothing but some mysterious structures. And not a single real image of their ships on which they crossed the ocean.
Then the population of Easter Island degraded, having completely lost the knowledge and skills of their ancestors, the Polynesians themselves also degraded, having lost their unique ancient culture.
So what? They will ask me. Some ancient problems. What does this have to do with us now? I noticed one important pattern. As soon as ancient civilization ceased to be barbaric, began to build a developed cultural community, it immediately began to weaken so much that it was destroyed by warlike neighbors. Often she disappeared without a trace. In our time, is everything wrong? Really? Everyone remembers how powerful the British Empire was until recently. She captured half the planet in her colonies, and ... weakened so much that they lost everything. Now it is a secondary state on the world stage, with a rather weak economy. Other European countries also owned the colonies, and the same outcome. The last colonies of France and Spain surrendered in the 20th century, with battle, but these last once powerful colonial empires could not oppose the rebellious much less developed local population. The Russian Empire also seemed powerful, which at the beginning of the 20th century not only lost its colonies, but also lost the World War, then disappeared from the map forever. The Soviet Power that replaced it was able to build a powerful state that managed to win the terrible World War, but in the peace period, showing an example of the brilliant development of science and technology, launching the first man into space, also weakened and ended its existence. Imperial Japan, almost defeating the mighty USA in World War II, losing the war, switched to world leadership in scientific and technological progress. And at first it worked brilliantly! And then ... Something went wrong. Not only is stagnation of one of the most powerful economies in the world, it is also the most difficult situation in the relations of the sexes, a demographic catastrophe. The United States also first pulled ahead of the first landing on the moon. Then somehow something ... with them became wrong. American goods were largely driven out of the shelves by Asian competitors. Now it’s getting harder to buy something made in Japan or in the USA. Japanese and American, European goods first began to yield to Korean, and then Chinese. First South Korea pulled ahead, then China overtook it. China's economy seems to be the most powerful in the world, and the country is confidently moving forward. It seems to be. But there is no such certainty. Let's see what will become of him?
As you see, this pattern continues to be observed now. The state at the time of growth was usually evil and barbaric, cruel, stupid, constantly fought with its neighbors, but gradually began to become more and more peaceful. As soon as it began to live quietly, developing sciences and becoming cultural, suddenly and not always inexplicably began to grow. So it was, for example, in the history of the same China. In the 18th century, China was captured by the neighboring warlike Qing dynasty. Surprisingly, the new owners were not only not cruel, but the main goals in their reign established human happiness, health and longevity. The country stopped bloody civil wars, people lived happily, the population began to grow. Chinese filmmakers are very fond of portraying this period. But then everything began to weaken quickly enough. In the 19th century, it turned out that the European conquerors came, and for a strange reason, there was practically no one to defend China. The country surrendered almost without a fight.
The period of decline, bloody civil wars and disasters began. What happened again? Could it be the same with modern mighty China?
It seems that this can no longer happen. And nothing will die like this forever, having lost all its heritage, as in ancient times. It seems that modern Europe and the USA do not have a number of barbaric powerful enemies capable of capturing them. But in reality, everything happens completely wrong. Most often, the indigenous people are weakening, gradually losing their cohesion, their fertility is falling, and there comes a moment when they can no longer resist the new settlers. Now Europe and the United States are flooded with a stream of migrants from less developed countries. Against the background of a decline in the birth rate of the indigenous population, they will gradually begin to supplant the locals, seize the reins of government, and the moment will come when they will prevail. The scenario in this case may be similar to the one that has developed in South Africa. In the past of its terrible ruthless apartheid, the country resembled a European one. But Nelson Mandela canceled the damned apartheid, and now South Africa is a typical African state in which it is dangerous to live. The white population, Afrikaners, are being oppressed, there is talk of forced expropriation of their land without compensation.
Typically, historians give many different natural reasons for this. But it all looks, if put together, quite strange. As if really, it was only worth some nationality to rise, establish a peaceful existence, begin to develop science and culture, someone came from outer space and destroyed everything. It seems that behind all this lies some kind of gloomy and terrible secret. And as it becomes clear further, it seems I have figured it out.