In every community, models are built from that assumed objective reality which, in the opinion of those who order their lives by them, provide the best ways of organizing life to make the most of the reality in which they live.
Western people hold a peculiar understanding of objective reality and believe they have a duty, a responsibility, to reorganize other people and communities to live by the understandings they hold.
So, what is it that has produced in Western people such a deep need to dominate and change the world?
Human beings (including members of Western capitalist nations) believe that they interact with 'objective reality', that is, a reality that exists independently of themselves and is perceived in the same way by all human beings.
Al-Qa'eda is but our most prominent opponent, but its outlook is shared by many others who are equally committed to our destruction...
we know now that we have permanent, mortal enemies who will seize upon our vulnerabilities to bloody us, to murder our citizens, to commit horror for the purpose of forcing horror upon us...
It was also the century in which the justification for natural laws shifted from divine decree to the innate characteristics of environments in a self-existent natural world.
In chapter 5 we investigate how capitalism became 'virtuous'.People living by capitalist understandings of the world have, over the past four centuries, felt driven to compel those who do not think and live as they do, to change.They have committed their lives to a refashioned world, to a capitalist world.Most importantly, it was the century when capitalism gained its evangelical fervor as millions of people, threatened with economic and social ruin, became 'born-again' Christians, the 'moral majority' of Western communities.This was the century in which they would take responsibility for transforming the rest of the world to live by the reality they now lived in - starting with their own, home grown 'savages'.Western capitalist nations, over the past several centuries, have attempted to re-organize the world to reflect their understanding of reality.