Sunday, June 10, 2012

Why American Culture Is Doomed

"Ceremony of Burning a Hindu Widow with t...
"Ceremony of Burning a Hindu Widow with the Body of her Late Husband", from Pictorial History of China and India, 1851. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

"We don't want to offend other cultures," they quoted her as explaining.

As opposed to this:
A story for which Napier is often noted involved Hindu priests complaining to him about the prohibition of Sati by British authorities. This was the custom of burning a widow alive on the funeral pyre of her husband. As first recounted by his brother William, he replied:
"Be it so. This burning of widows is your custom; prepare the funeral pile. But my nation has also a custom. When men burn women alive we hang them, and confiscate all their property. My carpenters shall therefore erect gibbets on which to hang all concerned when the widow is consumed. Let us all act according to national customs." (Wikipedia)
The American culture is the most copied, most emulated, most imitated, most desired culture on earth. An apologetic, self-loathing culture is doomed. And that pretty much describes the West with its naive idealism concerning other cultures and its massive self-doubt concerning its own.

"But, but, but, what right does the British have to impose its culture on the Indians?"....

This attitude of moral relativism and multiculturalism has pervaded the West's thinking and is de rigeur in our school systems. Except it's not. Inevitably cultural relativists insist on imposing their own values, the things that matter to them, on the rest of us. Intolerance in the name of diversity.

Radical Islam may be evil, but at least it's self-confident.
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4 comments:

Dollops - Eric doll said...

Best BT post of the week - maybe the year - maybe ever.

RkBall said...

Dollops -- thanks. I went in and tried to fix a glitch in this post and lost half the text. I've recreated it from memory.

RkBall said...

Anon1152: please pay careful attention to Dollop's -- the voice of Pure Reason -- comment, and respond accordingly. As in, try to top it.

Thank you.

Ball Bounces.

Anon1152 said...

I will not disagree with Dollops' comment. (Though I reserve the right to disagree with future comments).

If it makes you feel better, I (the lefty) am quite against burning widows, and am not particularly concerned about offending other cultures if the song "I'm Proud to be an American" is sung. Though if I had to choose a song... that wouldn't be it.

I'm not so sure that a self loathing culture is doomed. I generally hate myself, but look at how far I've come...

"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"