Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk continue last week’s discussion by looking at the layers of a civilization’s cycles relating to its fragility or stability. They talk about what goes into forming a coherent group identity by looking at Lutheranism in America and then Japan in the modern era. They talk about Japan’s modernization and the success of Shinto throughout it, the growth and eventual plateau of population, and the inspiration of young men.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk talk about the history of Japan’s dealing with the West, the dangers of nostalgia, how to deal with unrest and civil war, and men who step up to take the reigns of collapsing civilizations.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk talk about the difficulty of looking at religion in China and Japan, the differences between eastern and western writing and religion, the reason politicians use war-mongering rhetoric in democratic societies, and the dangers of political correctness.