The Death of Culture in the West
Europe is dying. Its culture has been coming apart since World War I, and it is now almost gone.
Western culture is beginning its descent in America as well.
It is a tragedy, and many people will have their lives made miserable and many more will die before it is resolved.
Yet there are some who actually celebrate the death of western Christian culture. They act like petulant children, incapable of imagining that they could ever drown, who are drilling holes through the bottom of their boat because a service provider didn’t smile at them. They are so myopic all they can see is race and gender and historical slights. What irony!
Non-Western cultures did not move the world away from slavery. Slavery was accepted as a part of life by the indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere, and by almost all societies in the world including the peoples of Eastern and African cultures. Radical Islamists are still forcing people into slavery.
It was the Western Christian culture that managed to abolish slavery over most of the world, and on England’s part at great cost.
It was not the non-Western cultures that moved the world away from the oppression of women. Women are second-class people in almost every culture on the planet that has not yet accepted Western values.
There are people of genius everywhere, but most of the scientific innovation came from Western Christian cultures for centuries. And no, it wasn’t a cosmic accident.
Where did the acceptance of freedom, equality and democracy come from? These are not universal values. Yes, they are ancient and could be found sporadically in a number of cultures, especially around the Mediterranean, but who made them real and applied them to entire nations?
Culture is carried primarily by values, language and religion, and if it is not taught to the children it dies. Neither can a culture be maintained if its society is overwhelmed with millions of people from another culture who do not wish to be enculturated. Either one culture will die, or the two will go to war.
Diversity is wonderful if people have the same foundational values; it is a recipe for disaster if they don’t.
Relativists are loath to imagine one culture may be superior to another, and while it may be true all cultures have positive attributes, the mass immigrations to Europe and to the United States and Canada show definitively that some cultures are better to live in than others.
Pause Current Time 0:00 / Duration Time 0:00 Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00 Fullscreen 00:00 Mute The radicals who attacked Paris were very clear about what they were about. Europe, they say, is decadent, and it is full of sin. When a clash of values such as this exists, there are only three ways it can be…