Cultural Suicide

Cultural Suicide July 31, 2020

 

There have been lots of cultures and civilizations that no longer exist.  The ancient Greeks.  The ancient Romans.  The Assyrians, Babylonians, and Persians.  The Egyptians and Kushites.  The Ottoman, Mongol, and Maurya Empires.  The Aztecs and Incas.

What happened to them?  Some were defeated by other military powers, though other kinds of weakness often led to those defeats.  Some of them fell due to what some historians call “social cannibalism.”  That is, they turned against themselves.  That is, they committed cultural suicide.

Victor Davis Hanson, who is not only a popular columnist but a professor of ancient history, fears something like that is happening to American culture and American civilization today.  (Note:  “Culture” refers to the organic values and customs of the people.  “Civilization” refers to the accomplishments–the art, ideas, inventions, and government–of the culture.)

From Our Summer of Cultural Suicide:

 

Photo By: Gloria Hol via U.S. Army Reserve Photo Gallery, public domain

 

"I stood in a very large crowd.The crowd was extra large because our city had ..."

Conservative Theologically, but Liberal Politically
"My parents gave me "the Talk" as well. I'm sure it wasn't as involved and ..."

Why the Murder Rate Is Soaring
"which reminded me of this video...(warning some foul language involved)https://www.youtube.com/wat..."

Why the Murder Rate Is Soaring
"The bigger problem from on high is when top law enforcement takes the position that ..."

Why the Murder Rate Is Soaring

Browse Our Archives