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the sciences. Neurotic Adaptive versus Normally Adaptive Cultures This is the dividing line: Some cultures feed off fear and trauma. To adapt, they developed neuroses. Other cultures feed off hope and love ? they have adapted normally. Neurotic Cultures Normal Cultures Consuming Distinguishing Past Oriented Future Oriented Static Dynamic (Emergent) Consensual Conflictive Exogenic-Extrinsic Endogenic-Intrinsic Virtual Revolutionary Structurally-Paradigmatically Revolutionary PTSS reaction to change PTSS reaction to stagnationSo, are these types of cultures doomed to clash, as the current fad goes ? or can they cohabitate ? It seems that the Neurotic cultures are less adapted to win the battle to survive. The fittest are those cultures flexible enough to respond to an ever changing

world ? and at an ever increasing pace, at that. The neurotic cultures are slow to respond, rigid and convulsive. Being past-orientated means that they emulate and imitate the normal cultures ? but only when they have become part of the past. Alternatively, they assimilate and adopt some of the attributes of the past of normal cultures. This is why a traveller who visits a neurotic culture (and is coming from a normal one) often has the feeling that he has been thrust to the past, that he is experiencing a time travel. A War of Cultures is, therefore, not very plausible. The neurotic cultures need the normal cultures. The latter are the generators of the former?s future. A normal culture?s past is a neurotic culture?s future. Deep inside, the neurotic cultures know that something

is wrong with them, that they are ill-adapted. That is why members of these cultural spheres entertain overt emotions of envy, hostility even hatred ? coupled with explicit sensations of inferiority, inadequacy, disappointment, disillusionment and despair. The eruptive nature (the neurotic rage) of these cultures is exactly the result of these inner turmoils. On the other hand, soliloquy is not action, often it is a substitute to it. Very few neurotic cultures are suicidal ? and then for very brief periods of time. To forgo the benefits of learning from the experience of normal cultures how to survive would be suicidal, indeed. This is why I think that the transition to a different cultural model, replete with different morals, will be completed with success. But it will not

eliminate all pervious models – I foresee cohabitation.