“Do not cut off the branch on which you are sitting.” – It's an old saying. Well known throughout cultures and languages.
Yet I see people (well, let me use the obligatory, potentially overreaching rhetorical plural: I see us) furiously sawing on the branch supporting our butts.
Culture and prosperity need safety and a set of values to flourish. The latter are the branch the west is sitting on. I smell alarming amounts of sawdust.