Monday, May 27, 2013

Sam's 4th Saturday Stag - Examining the Dynamics Behind the Destruction of Civilizations

Sam's 4th Saturday Stag – June 22 - 2 PM
Examining the Dynamics Behind the Destruction of Civilizations

Open also to non-Mensa men

In our first Sam’s Stag Seminar Series on The Decline of Civilization on May 25th the group defined risk factors of cultures in decline, and the strengths present in cultures that flourish.  We quickly became aware that we had opened a complex subject with many aspects.  We anticipate that we will need more than one Saturday session to adequately address this issue.

We listed and briefly touched on some of these contributing factors:

1.   Demasculinization of America and Western Civilization

Most anthropologists hold that there are no known societies that are unambiguously matriarchal.

Steven Goldberg, The Inevitability of Patriarchy, (William Morrow & Company, 1973).

Joan Bamberger, 'The Myth of Matriarchy: Why Men Rule in Primitive Society', in M Rosaldo and L Lamphere,  Women, Culture, and Society, (Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 1974), pp. 263–280.

            Donald E. Brown, Human Universals (Philadelphia: Temple University Press), 1991.

Cynthia Eller, The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory: Why an Invented Past Won't Give Women a Future, (Boston: Beacon Press, 2001).

Encyclopaedia Britannica describes this view as "consensus," listing matriarchy as a hypothetical social system.
'Matriarchy' Encyclopædia Britannica, 2007."

Ergo: Since there are no successful matriarchies throughout history, the significant weakening of the male influence is a risk factor for any culture. Keep in mind that many females exhibit “male consciousness,” i.e. Maggie Thatcher or Golda Meir. Likewise, many males exhibit “female consciousness” i.e. Barney Frank, Richard Simmons, Barack Obama.

Solutions: Greater emphasis on male consciousness building experiences and learning for young men and women, ie sports, hunting, fishing, outdoor adventure, martial arts, firearm training, mechanical and engineering training. Also necessary are courses in critical thinking, history, logic and philosophy.

Most people with a dominant female consciousness vote for liberal agendas. Most people with dominant male consciousness vote for conservative agendas. Voter education programs that show the comparative efficacy of the two paradigms are needed.

2.       Demographics: birth rate – weakening of the gene pool through negative eugenics – toxins in the environment that emasculate.

3.   Medical practices: abortion – over prescribing – lack of life style education - Doctors are the third leading cause of death in the US, killing 225,000 people every year.

4.   Secularism: a faith-based value system is essential to sustain a culture; thus secular values are a risk factor for any culture.

5.   Moral and political corruption: a serious risk factor.

6.   Academia: has become a serious risk factor because secularism has polluted our education system.

7.    Idealistic but unsustainable economic systems are a risk factor.

Please research these and other risk factors you see as contributing to the decline of civilization, be prepared to add your comments to the risk factors already mentioned, and suggest additional risk factors.

Our June 22 discussion will be led by William Hutchins, MD
     (The July 27th discussion will be led by Dr Jake Hester.)

Please be prepared to suggest topics for future meetings.

RSVP is required, (limited seating.) Give Sam a call at 239-591-4565, or email:
Refreshments & snacks are not provided; participants are encouraged to bring enough to share.
There is no fee to attend. Contributions to the Southwest Florida MENSA scholarship fund for gifted youth are encouraged. 


Nationwide 800-850-1987 -   Local (Naples, FL) 239-591-4565

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