Tuesday, February 9, 2021

On Culture and History

A man without history and culture is a myth. He does not exist. A man can hate and deny his history and culture, but he cannot escape his history and culture. Even the tiny tribal communities which exist in remote jungles and islands are aware of a past and a way of life—if their way of life, which is miserable by the standards of people who live in modern environments, is threatened, they will fight. Intellectuals and politicians imbued with the hubris to believe that they can create a better society by using political power to radically transform the historical and cultural sensibilities of their people are destined to fail. In the last three hundred years every attempt to transform a society by political force has resulted in massive violence and chaos.

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