( Just one observation to correct our “modern” prejudices.)
“The development of Western Civilization has allowed for the greatest manifestation of the highest human values.”
My daughter visited the above church in Sao Paolo, Brazil, an actual result of Western colonialism. It’s an attempt to glorify God and show the beauty of His Kingdom with the use of higher philosophy leading man’s spirit upward, with order and hierarchy, and an architecture intended to reflect the beauty of heaven, focusing the eyes on the presence of God at the altar.
Yes, those floors are mirrors! The edges of the pews are decorated with sweet smelling flowers for one of the many weddings that take place in that cathedral. Hopeful promises of better things to come.
Western civilization is the culmination of Greek thinking and Roman law and governance in combination with Christian principles. The enemies of the West have prevented nearly every citizen from knowing what those Greek philosophies are, what the genius of Roman government was, and the actual Truth mediated to mankind through the Kingdom of Christ.
In fact, each of these three elements are so thoroughly denigrated today, that it seems impossible to have anything good to say about them.
Now, real Truth is identical with Beauty and with Goodness and with Purity and with Holiness . . . with God the Creator.
Historically, wherever Western Civ has spread, there has been the spread of kindness and respect for the dignity of the human being:
Hotels and Hostels for travelers
Safe, free traveling
Universities, schools, and literacy
Commerce and common methods of bookkeeping, common laws of interchange
Advanced technology: Farming; Beer and Wine-Making; Irrigation; Grinding Mills
Scientific inquiry, discoveries, and knowledge
Architecture that uplifts the human spirit
The ideal of honesty in politics and peace treaties
Equality before the Law and the presumption of innocence when accused
Exterminate the Church and the Christians; destroy knowledge of the past.
Then cross out all those things in red. Because all those things in red don’t come to humans just because they are humans. They existed here and there, perhaps, but not all together in one civilization.
Just one geographical example: When Christian colonialism came to African nations, for instance, it brought with it all those things in red. (Please don’t look to an imperialism divorced from Catholic Christian principles.) When Christianity was kicked out by the enemies of Western Civilization, African nations collapsed into anarchy, chaos, poverty, starvation, and the rule of whichever tribal despot could gain power.
And anarchy can happen anywhere.
To follow after the dystopian future vision I wrote about in the last post, how long do you think it will take for all our institutions to also collapse – without a firm commitment to the principles and values of Western Civilization?
To my Foreign Readers: Perhaps this explains why supporters of Donald Trump are cautiously optimistic; not that Mr. Trump will lead us into some wonderful future and solve all our problems. He has very little power, in the face of our anti-West Rulers behind the scenes.
No, there is optimism because perhaps the social and political climate will now allow those who understand the value of Western, Christian, European, American ideals to live freely and without fear of reprisals and destructive opposition.
Optimism. Hard work, but optimism.
Something for all of us to do!