Bipolar or maniac depressing disorder where the individual experiences bouts of mood changes that are as rapid as they are short spanned. This relation has been made to the West with their history forming a great backbone and flesh to the argument. There is a see-saw of behaviour and a change in expectations dating back to the early 16th century and travelling fast forward to the prime 20th and 21st centuries (Offe 45).
It all starts in the age of exploration prime time for discovery when several people embarked on voyages in aims to find what lay beyond the land they already knew. Some sought to learn more and others to conquer. The desires of conquering were propagated by governments that sponsored the voyages. One such traveller was Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca. He left his native Spain and travelled to America. He was among the four survivors of the Narvaez expedition. After his first unsuccessful trip he returned but now to colonize the present day Argentina he failed but during his time he keenly observed the natives of wherever he went and later recounted them in a series of writings. This writings are read to the natives. Ironic how a visitor is teacher to the natives (Shillingberg 83).
Another aspect fuelling the bipolarise debate is the reformation of the protestant church; this started as postings of Martin Luther and led to a Lutheran following. He protested the rituals of the Roman Catholic Church and led to what was a physical war to propagate his own beliefs. The reformers sought refuge under the law yet rejected a law that was already in place to govern them, the law of the church (Shillingberg 134). Scientific revolution brought about advances and invention and threatened to the core the earlier beliefs of the church. Things like test tube babies and family planning methods throw out the church beliefs yet the west embraces them and denies them in accordance to what the situation calls for. It is a mockery of all that has been reached at earlier in the centuries of time (Offe 92).
Offe, Claus. Modernity and the State: East, West Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1996. Print
Shillingberg, B. Wm. Dodge City: The Early Years, 1872-1886 Norman, Okla.: Arthur H. Clark Co., 2009.