There is very little correspondence between Buddhism and modern culture. Modern culture, in this day and age, is still under the spell of attaching, unconsciously, to outer reality, i.e., phenomena, looking for that pot of gold. This is a grievous mistake because being fixed, solely, on the outer as if this is where truth lies puts us under the unconscious power of the raw Id which is a mass of formless life impulses which man, as a potentially thinking and spiritual creature, has not yet mastered which acts as a barrier to comprehending true reality as the Buddha did. As a result of placing all of our eggs in the basket of external reality, we may come to a place in time where this Id attains some measure of autogenesis which will appear to be unstoppable.
"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new dark age" (H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu).
As I blog this, I realize that it is easy to pooh-pooh my words. But this is where science is weakest; where it cannot go since there is no instrument at its disposal for measuring the collective will of man as to how far man as erred, by pursuing the outer form of reality looking for truth. History, of course, informs us to a degree of our failures provided that we are looking at primary sources and not propaganda. If we are trained to look for the rise of a culture which is at the beginning stages of manifesting the Id—or one already in this hell—it is easy to find the evidence.
One such example is Liberia which has experienced cannibalism. A brief history, Liberia was founded in 1847 as a homeland for a “movement back to Africa,” a place of freedom for former American slaves. The Liberian constitution was drafted in Washington, and the capital city Monrovia was named after President Monroe. All of this has collapsed. And more will happen all over the world simply because we have put all value on the outer man—not the inner man. It is as if some demonic power were running everything. Another example, the emerging globalist culture in the EU and the U.S. where the rise of the Id is occurring. Just look at the religion they now support and nurture. It is Islam! But why Islam with its 1400 year history of putting, it is estimated, 270,000,000 people to the sword? As a Buddhist I am appalled. This is madness.
But this is where we are, and Buddhism is not saving the day. It has very little impact on modern culture save a few people sitting in zazen. It is not prepared to fight Islam and the globalists who fund it and turn a blind eye to its terrorism. Even the most cursory reading of Islam doesn’t paint a nice picture. The globalist are moved by a strange, dark power which is making Buddhism almost irrelevant.