Monday, December 3, 2012

THE SINS OF THE WEST

It sometimes seems that Western culture is portrayed as an endless succession of sins against others. I am painfully aware that "all have sinned," including our predecessors who built Western culture, but I don't think their sins were any more grievous than those perpetrated by other cultures. Victor Davis Hanson put it well when he wrote: "We must judge Western failings not through the lenses of [modern] utopian perfectionism, but in the context of the global landscape of the times. Western values are absolute, but the methods of their implementation are also evolutionary, being perfect neither at their birth nor in their adolescence." --"Why the West Has Won," The Spectator, Nov/Dec, 2001.