The challenge of keeping civilisation
Last updated on June 6th, 2017 at 12:50 pm
“In 2004, Stuart Lovatt, the founder of Heat my Home, first uttered these words and from that moment, the Heat my Home website was born.”
“The fight for civilisation is won; the challenge of keeping it has just begun!”
Civilisations throughout history have come and gone, so today’s modern, more industrialised civilisations will, like others, inevitably have a limited lifespan. How long they will last is anyone’s guess, but with additional strains now being put on our fundamental life blood (oil), we must learn, from past mistakes, to keep ourselves from failing, as other civilisations did.
The most successful and most influential civilisations of the past have to be the Roman Empire, which conquered or influenced a quarter of the world at its most powerful. Stretching from western Europe to the Middle East and beyond, the Romans undoubtedly contributed the most towards our modern lifestyles today.
The Roman establishment, as portrayed by the she-wolf pictured below, fed and watered its people, whilst building the most impressive infrastructure ever seen by man. So what was it that caused this most successful of empires to fail?
The truth is, nobody actually knows, but the most common reasons put forward are:
- Gradual decay
- Catastrophic collapse
This, I believe, is no coincidence, as the Roman elite began to adopt the Christian religion we see today because the tyrannical bloodthirsty Emperors fell out of favour with the new embryonic Christian people of Rome.
Around the time of Emperor Constantine, who legalised and converted to Christianity in the 3rd century AD, the conditions were right to change, as Emperors then became Popes, the generals became cardinals, the soldiers became bishops, and the sword was replaced with a continued life-after-death promise, to control the population.
Another factor was that just like Hitler’s Reich which spread its armies too thin over Europe, Africa and Russian regions, so too did the Roman legions across Europe and the Middle East. The quick withdrawal from Britain was most likely to divert manpower to the now sacred Holy Land as Christianity became popular and Persian/Muslim armies began to rise.
This explains why the Roman Empire continued to flourish in the Middle Eastern provinces for 900 years long, after the Roman withdrawal from Britain.
The Roman civilisation did not fall, it gradually transformed into Catholicism, using the power of a new religion to transform itself, creating a second wave of cultural invasions throughout the Middle Ages; this time, not with bloodshed as previously, but with a promise of eternal Life. This is the Roman Catholic Church we see today.
So if the greatest civilisation known to mankind didn’t crash, what are we worried about?
The difference between today’s modern civilisation and previous civilisations is oil. Roman society, as previously stated, was represented by the portrayal of a wolf mother feeding its subjects. All Roman society needed was water, food and games (amphitheatre entertainment and chariot racing). Does this scenario sound familiar?
However, the difference between those times and our time is population numbers and our reliance on oil to give us these basic needs (water, food and entertainment’). Globally we are consuming the black stuff at a quicker and faster rate than has ever been seen before.
Other independent civilisations, such as the Aztec and Inca societies, crashed because of an inability to adapt to a new climate of change with new, unforeseen enemies demanding their resources. History is littered with resource conflicts.
The new Chinese and Indian economies are becoming the modern day empires of today. They will consume resources faster, influence more people on the planet and ultimately use up the resources more than any other country around today!
The need for oil consumption around the world will ultimately mean that the heavily-industrialized countries will consume the remaining oil resources. I am proud of my country’s heritage, so I must point out that recent failures to control Libya’s oil fields has shown Britain to be vulnerable with regard to its oil supply.
As larger and more influential countries than ourselves begin to maneuver themselves for the use of the last remaining oil reserves, I ask -will Britannia still be able to feed on the imperial wolf mother?
"Feel the pride."Stuart Lovatt August 4, 2011
Founder of Heat My Home.