i agree with the last statement, and having abroad and in Leb, it goes without saying that people maintain and practice their values and are by far more polite and friendly than the average person in this region of the world. but that still does not mean that western civilization is not on the decline.
the educational system is mostly a failure, more people are being educated and enabled, but relatively speaking there is no longer a sense of excellence, education empowers, but poor education is by far more dangerous than no education at all.
add to it that the political institutions are a disgrace, and globalization and corporate mentality have managed to place the middle class under their mercy, not to mention the hollywood effect, more importantly there is an odd sense of dealing with reality and prioritizing issues. i can only wonder whether it has always been the case and civilization always struggled to prevail against such conditions or is it that the very foundation of what makes civilization rise progress and advance is being eroded because many people no longer subscribe to meaning.
I think humanity is advancing at a great pace. You and I and others have at times an opposite feeling because we are curious, aware, and sensistive to the issues that are not shameful or hidden anymore People are talking openly about problems in social medias, TVs and books.
Hollywood lost a big deal of its effect on people. The cult of the stars is almost dead. I am not sure where you live today, an up to date might be a good idea. Let me know when you are coming to New York
The educational system is amazing there is no sense of excellence because individuals in some societies are equally educated. That sense of excellence existed when 5% of a village knew how to read and write. The village thought that 5% were intellectuals and super humans.
Everyone is Europe speaks at least 2-3 languages. That's amazing !! Never ever happened in history at that scale.
corporate mentality is a problem I admit. But nothing compares to the institutions 100 years ago and going back thousands. Dictators, feudal lords, kings, Gods, and Khalifes lol. Utopia does not exist, the system is not perfect but we have came a loooong way.