Here is link number one, looking at our demise from the POV of the Taliban and almost any other culture we assume must not be as bad as we are. It's odd, but multiculturalism has brainwashed so many Westerners into clinging to the idea that only in the Christian West is evil manifested. No matter what non-Westerners actually do that's evil, that 'West=Evil' framework is still the rock solid basis for modern leftwing thinking. Let people who may or may not be terrorists fly jets into our skyscrapers, killing thousands in the process, and the almost knee-jerk reaction will be 'what did we do to make them hate us?'. As we watch the Taliban set up another terror state, don't expect it or the suffering of millions under their rule to do much to stop that suicidal notion in the West that we alone have no right to exist. Against forces with a strong sense of self and worth, don't expect the West - with no sense of self or worth - to last much longer.
Here's number two, in which the long, slow decline of the Western values is kicked around. The loss of virtue is a key point, with the subsequent loss in real concern for our own civilization . The Left has almost sanctified hating everything and everyone having to do with the civilization we inherited. A key feature of this strategy has been to turn as many generations as possible into drugged up, sexed up, narcissistic nihilists. Who cares? That's the mantra of so many, unless caring is a way to declare my superiority to my neighbor. And if someone's grandchildren get what we deserve, all the better. Compared to that, cultures and movements like the Taliban or Communist China or Islam, or even the still hobbling along former Soviet Union, will have little trouble mopping the floor with what's left of the country once called land of the free and home of the brave.
Last and by no means least, number three is an interesting reflection on the year in the 1990s that Western culture officially died. I'm sure people could quibble about the date, but I'm finding more and more recognize that it was some time in the 1990s that the bottom fell out.
There were still some glimmers I think. There seemed to be a sort of 'patriotic' renaissance of sorts, with Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, Band of Brothers and similar fare. You could also see some of that across the ocean in BBC productions. But it was short lived and all but wiped out a few years after 9/11. So 1996 as the year it began to die? You decide.
At the end of the day, we know the West is dying, and most likely dead. Even in my pastoring days, we used to say it's no longer a question of if, but of when, Western Civilization will be a thing of the past. That was said particularly of Europe. By the early 2000s, it looked more and more like America deserved to be added to the list. Not if but when the West would be gone, that was the only question.
Now, the question is if the West has already died and we didn't notice, or if it's merely in Hospice, counting the hours. Probably a cool third of those raised in the West will be happy to see it die, since they've bought into the idea that were it not for the Christian West, there likely would be no evil in the world. Another batch - let's say a third for fun - is like so many former defenders of the West, and that's people wondering when a good time to jump ship will be. For now, we won't get into those outside of the West who are no doubt happy to see this turn of events.