It is no sin being a barbarian. But it’s no virtue either. And if it’s not changed, you and your culture are in for a world of pain.
I’m going to blame this on a friend’s post on facebook A Renowned Archaeologist Is Calling on European Museums to Return the Rosetta Stone and Other Historic Treasures.
My answer — more polite than the Renowed Archeologist deserves was as follows:
Don’t give toys to the barbarians. The end.
That applies to everything: Guns, precious artifacts, Art.
“But we’re not barbarians” They’ll say.
“Oh, you’re not? Have you stopped calling for the death of people who believe in a different religion? Have you stopped killing women for talking to strangers? Have you stopped hanging or dropping walls on gay people? No? YOU ARE BARBARIANS and you don’t get toys.”
When MMike establishes his reign of terror, I want to be in charge of foreign affairs
Yes, I am snooty, and yes, sometimes my Greco Roman ancestors march behind my eyes like a migraine, looking down on all the barbaric folk. Or as I told someone I once dated, “Yeah, sure, my people are backward. Dude, my people built the Colosseum while your people’s greatest achievement was rubbing mud on their bellies.”
So, what is barbarism? Well, I’ve given some examples above, but yeah, it changes with times, okay. My Greek ancestors were quite okay with beating a disobeying woman black and blue, and heck as one of my kids who was living in a heavily Hispanic area said “In most places in the US, beating your wife is something to hide. In this area it’s just something you do on a Saturday night to let off steam.” (He could hear it.) I can confirm that in my childhood, in Portugal, this was the “normal” and having a man who didn’t beat you was a dream. I suspect this is still the same in much of the world.
And yet, these people are “civilized” compared with much of Islam or the tribal areas of Africa, where people are still openly bought and sold, and where albinos can be killed for their body parts which are considered to have curative value.
And those parts in turn are “civilized” compared to most of our ancestors and/or certain very primitive tribes. And if you’re under the impression that primitives are peaceful, you have merely swallowed the noble savage bullship. I advice you to run not walk to buy and read War Before civilization. Yes, I do actually realize it’s expensive as heck, but trust me, it’s worth it. And any culture that doesn’t go about wearing the parts of a vanquished enemy to prove they’re victorious is to an extent already somewhat civilized.
Again, civilized is relative.
But it’s time for us to stop conceding, and agreeing that “everyone is civilized” or some such nonsense, much less “celebrating all cultures.”
We are Americans and whether the Europeans admit it or not, we are the pinnacle of human civilization, by comparison to whom they’re all barbarians.
And it’s time we stopped encouraging the barbarians, both those coming over the border and those in Academia and other mentally damaged fields who believe in noble savages and want to hand the precious patrimony of mankind to barbarian crazies who might decide to go on a rampage like civets with a Koran shoved up their rear and destroy them to prove how holy they are.
It’s time to praise and prize civilized behavior, American style: we allow individuals to be themselves so long as they’re not stepping on anyone else. We speak our minds whether you want us to or not. We don’t respect your barbarian sensitiveness (Barbarians are always terrified of words because they know they’re barbarians). You can become civilized or be left in our dust when we go to the stars.
And until then? No guns, no art, no priceless artifacts.
Heck, if we had a real government composed of Americans and not Barbarians, we should conduct specialized raids to save the priceless patrimony of mankind (Yes, mankind, deal. Mankind has two sexes. But It’s called Mankind. I’m tired of catering to the precious sensitivity of barbaric fools) to Barbaric children who might destroy it tomorrow.
As it is, the best we can do is not give them anymore. And tell our own barbarians to grow up or be pulled from any position of power until they do.
No more barbarism. There is no honor in barbarism. and it destroys everything around it.