If we had to diagnose the current psychology of the West, “slow panic” might describe its outlook. It has been this way for a long time.
To recap briefly the last ten thousand years of history, long ago there was a nomadic population of high-IQ people who lived in the colder climates mostly to get away from the high parasite load that otherwise killed off people at relatively young ages.
These people roamed through Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and most likely hopped on reed boats and ventured around the New World. However, they preferred their arctic circle home because of the massive white death that kills off all the parasites and bugs once a year.
They disliked permanent civilization because it created a compulsion to false unity where weak people had to be kept around because they were part of the tribe. Instead, through a series of ad hoc groups, they formed caravans that roamed during the summer, planting patches of crops.
In the winter, they stayed in caves and lived off what they could hunter or gather in the fall. While they had a rich culture, it was entirely oral; they distrusted writing, symbols, and monuments because these became causes-in-themselves when they were actually effects of a living culture.
This had a singular advantage: it could not be sold out. In order to participate, an initiate had to learn esoteric knowledge and pass it on, as well as participate in activities like hunting and war that filtered out the cowards, incompetents, and insane.
Every season, when spring hit, new caravans would form and the incompetent were left behind. These formed permanent civilization based around agriculture and gradually gravitated toward warmer climates. Some hybridized with other humanoid groups like Denisovans, Neanderthals, and Homo Erectus.
Those groups went on to form great civilizations but over time, those civilizations became dedicated to symbols and other causes-in-themselves, including religious fanaticism and written dogma. While the nomads kept their lifestyle, civilizations came and went.
Eventually however the world became crowded. The left-behinds, despite frequent civilization collapse, maintained numerous subsistence-level societies analogous to the third world and “second world” of today. Nomads could no longer freely roam, especially in Asia.
Consequently the nomads went to the frozen north and stayed in enclaves there, choosing Europe because it had the least natural wealth that allowed parasites and weak people to survive. They saw how the population had reached a tipping point in Europe and Asia and was headed for long-term doom.
In the process, they laid the groundwork for great civilizations in India, Greece, and Rome, but eventually had nowhere else to run. Their most ambitious group, hybridized slightly with the left-behinds, colonized North America and set up a great civilization there.
Each member of the group of descendants of this tribe knows in the heart that civilization is doomed unless it is willing to lose people who are waste humans. They know that society needs purpose, culture, and a focus on goals instead of methods, causes instead of effects.
Consequently they have been in a state of slow panic, somewhere between the Stockholm Syndrome and PTSD, for centuries. They are captive to the need for unity, and this means that even a plurality of defectives will take over whenever possible.
Most of them have taken a huge hit to their vital energy by forcing themselves to accept insanity like democracy and its constant murderous drama, equality and its obsession with victimhood, foreign invaders through diversity, and wealth stolen from the best to feed the rest in socialism.
Slow panic does not break your spirit. It makes you fatalistic. Instead of worrying about dangers, you accept them and the seeming fact that you can do nothing about them because the rest of the herd takes pride in being ironic and ignoring real problems in order to chase trends.
The only way to break out of slow panic is to accept the situation as it is, therefore giving it limits, and also accept that the book has not ended yet. The story is still being written, and we are writing it. The future is in our hands even if we are afraid to accept it.