The West grew out of a firm grounding in thought, the realm of philosophy and logic. This New Civilization is completely different; it is a world view sloshing around in the squishy realm of feelings. This difference changes everything. If you doubt what I’m saying, there is an easy test that anyone can use to demonstrate that it’s true: simply ask a random sampling of young people what they think about, say, the war in Iraq, or the future of Social Security. My guess is that at least 90% of the time, their reply will be a report of how they “feel” about these issues. It is so unconscious that they are unaware that they can’t distinguish between thoughts and feelings. This is a linguistic indicator of the larger, internal reality that marks the New Civ.
Patrick Michael Murphy, “How the West Was Lost,” p.93