A Civilisation Goes Home to Die…
It’s a peculiar thing. What do Greece and Iraq share in common… besides almost complete dissolution?
Both Iraq and Greece were the fountainheads of contemporary civilisation. The civilisation of the Tigris and Euphrates, Mesopotomia, was the headwater of the Jewish, Arab and Western tributaries of civilisation, later supplemented by the Greek influence. And it’s a peculiar thing that both, today, are in a state of radical dissolution.
Is it a case of civilisation, as we know it, devouring its own roots? I don’t know. It’s a very odd thing. But I can’t help but note the present deplorable condition of the Arab, Jewish and Western civilisations — the sons and daughters of Abraham, as it were, following his own emigration from Ur of the Chaldees — and see also that they all are devouring their own roots, becoming, as it were, castles (or dungeons) in the air.
The irony of the so-called “Coalition of the Willing” and ISIL is that they share that destruction and that nihilism in common, and when Mr. Bush and his neo-cons launched the Iraq War, I wrote even then that “this civilisation is going home to die” and that “Shock and Awe” would be a devouring of its own roots, and of the 5,000 year continuous narrative of its present origins written literally in stone.
“End of the Grand Narrative” indeed, and in a quite physical and literal way. What the “Coalition of the Willing” began, ISIL is completing.
One might say the same of Greece — birthplace of logic and philosophy, of reason and democracy, and many other things besides (for both good and ill). The present state of Greece should put to rest any delusional notions that history is the record of a continuous “ascent”, or that history is progress and that progress is cumulative.
As the Fertile Crescent of the Middle East once seeded and spawned many tributaries and fruits (including the Greek), the stream of Greek civilisation also seeded and fertilised, both Eastwards and Westwards. And it seems significant to me today, that both these headwaters and roots of our contemporary civilisation are in a condition of utter dissolution, aided and abetted by ourselves — whether Hebrew, Arab or European.
So, the question naturally occurs to me: Is contemporary civilisation devouring its own roots?