by Geoffrey Botkin “The Reasons of Optimism, Part 5” of the Western Conservatory of the Arts & Sciences and Vision Forum – December 22, 2012
What this man understood was that women are impressed by real men who are going about doing what men were created to do: taking dominion of the earth by cultivating it to make it as orderly as possible. This is the most basic meaning of “culture.” Men were created to work intelligently to construct a dependable framework of safety and order that protects the weak and helpless from an otherwise ugly, dangerous and out-of-control world. Women are not impressed with chaos, danger, weakness, uncertainty, brutishness and lawlessness. They are always the first casualties in any counter-cultural revolution. They are always the first to be relieved when men rise up to give them protective culture. Geneva, Switzerland was once a licentious and deadly place for women until a dedicated minority of reformers, serious about deliberate cultural leadership, replaced a counterculture with real culture. The city-state became known as a “paradise of women.”
Women do not want to live in cheap, ugly houses that can be burned down. They want strong, protective places to live. They are impressed with strong, protective men who know how and why to build. Culture is what men build for women to prosper in, and for families to perpetuate. The work families do together cultivates order at every level of society. So, yes, culture is something women were created to be impressed with.
But the definition of culture should begin at an even more basic level. Culture is what we build because God commanded us to build it. Culture is what we build because that’s how God wants his creation stewarded.1 In Genesis 1 God said to Adam and Eve, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it.” In Genesis 2 the story continues. “Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.”2 Man’s mission is to bring cultivated order to everything from the ground to the nations. Cultivate the earth. Culture is the command behind the dominion mandate.3
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