As it happens, food is one of the aspects of life where I
will concede that Asians often outperform Westerners, and where southern
Europeans frequently outperform northern Europeans. There are many Italian
restaurants in Britain, but few British restaurants in Italy. There aren’t that
many Dutch, Scandinavian or German restaurants in other regions, either,
compared to the Chinese, Indian or Thai restaurants you can encounter all
around the world.
There are certain minerals and vitamins that are necessary
to sustain life. However, it is also possible to get too much of them.
Theoretically speaking, you can die from drinking too much water; just because
drinking a couple of liters of it per day is healthy does not mean that
drinking twenty times as much of it is twenty times as healthy. You could argue
that the modern West suffers from a form of cultural malnutrition; we are being
force-fed a steady diet of cultural junk food which systematically deprives us
of minerals vital to our mental health while we are becoming fat and lazy. At
the same time, we digest far too much of some ingredients that can be
beneficial in smaller amounts, above all self-criticism and altruism.
The most common flaw in many cultures is a total lack of
self-criticism or appreciation of "the Other." Islamic culture
constitutes an extreme case of this problem. Muslims will NEVER concede, either
individually or as a group, any flaws of their own. It’s always the fault of
the Jews, the Hindus, the Crusaders, the Americans etc. This blame game is
deeply unhealthy in the long run because it prevents real progress. One of the
beneficial aspects of Christianity is that it states that all human beings are
sinners. Because of this it is not necessarily shameful to admit that you are
flawed since all human beings are so by definition. Admitting the possibility
that you could be wrong means that you can address your flaws and work to
reduce or perhaps remove them. This will be impossible as long as you
consistently project all of your flaws unto others, as Muslims and many Africans
in particular often do.
A culture that never admits its flaws can survive for a
long time, yet its progress will be seriously impeded. In contrast, a society
that considers itself just one big flaw will not survive for long as it will be
unable to defend itself. This is where the white West is today. Our self-criticism,
which runs deep in our psyche, is a virtue provided that it is counterbalanced
by a healthy dose of self-confidence. If you remove the latter ingredient then
the first one, which used to be a virtue, suddenly becomes a vice. Again, the
key word is “balance,” not first and foremost the individual ingredients,
although that matters, too. Self-confidence is like vitamin C, which means that
we currently suffer from a potentially fatal case of cultural scurvy.
If we stick to our food analogy I would claim that while
many ingredients can be beneficial if you consume them in modest amounts, a few
ingredients are toxic to your body regardless of the amount. Islam would in my
view constitute the most obvious case of this. During the 1990s, people
involved with publishing Salman Rushdie’s novel The Satanic Verses were murdered in Japan and attempted murdered in
Norway, despite the fact that Muslims constituted less than one percent of the
population in these countries at the time. This demonstrates just how toxic
Islam is and how quickly it can destroy any formerly free society.