the northernmost portion of china experiences harsh winters. however, the southernmost portion of china is actually very temperate and has more in common with egypt as far as the winters go. should the southern chinese be considered "summer" people messing things up for the more able "winter" people of the north?
In the West a Tan is a sign of Affluence because it means that one has enough money to travel to exotic locals. In the East, a Tan is a sign of Poverty because it means one works outside performing manual labour. So what do you think?
Nobody says Summer people mess things up but in the grand scheme of things, Summer people want Winter lifestyles with all the technology and personal freedoms and Winter people want Summer culture for food and entertainment. Those aren't equal contributions to the development of a Modern Society.
in egypt, the deserts become very cold at night. do the egyptians have a "semi-winter" culture because of the harshness of the cold desert nights?
Not much of an incentive when some fire, a tent and warm blankets are enough, is it?
you also singled out northern europe as being special, yet rome itself is located in italy, i.e. in southern europe. how can the culture of the roman people, with a gentler winter, be deemed superior to the survivors of colder winters further north? did the conquered peoples of the north impart culture onto their roman conquerors?
Italy doesn't have gentler Winters because of all it's Mountain Regions inland, away from the coast. There's lots of Ski resorts in Italy and some areas get as cold as Canada in the Winter. That's the difference between them and Greece and why the Romans ultimately conquered them.
it's the little things like this that keep up me up at night, yet the chilly moonlit air doesn't seem to help me unravel the answers to these mysteries.
There are no mysteries as I have just pointed out. Just your willingness to ignore and deliberately misconstrue my argument in order to protect your ego so it doesn't have to admit it has been victimized by the Progressive Socialist Indoctrination that's been in full swing since the 70's.