Jared Diamond overturned the doctrine of American Exceptionalism in his extensive work Guns, Germs and Steel when he demonstrated how 3 simple resources tipped the course of history in favor of Western Civilization.
This awareness is vital to memetics. Without it, we risk resurrecting racist ideologies. In recognizing some civilizations were given a resource advantage based on geography, we can avoid arguments of an "inherent morality" or "superior work ethic". The claims of superiority are moot. Dominance was a temporary imbalance. There is a better way. We can begin to ask what insights, what social technologies have other cultures and communities innovated? What have we missed in the stilted, historic narrative?
What are the best strategies for long-term success on planet Earth?
We can expand our previous, limited definition of success and civilization, innovating for the future.