Fwd: Re: Lofty

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Thu Mar 16 16:49:06 EST 2006


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> Thu, 16 Mar 2006 13:34:19 -0800
> From: "EDWARD LUKANUSKI" <ed_lukanuski at msn.com>
> To: <modlib at algol.owu.edu>
> Subject: Re: Lofty
> Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2006 16:34:12 -0500
> 
> But we do have non-western Aryan people. There is Persia. 
And there are =
> some parts of India. Then we have non-Aryan Western people. 
Some would =
> say Hungarians and Finns are non-Aryan.
> 
> ("I have declared again and again that if I say Aryans, I 
mean neither =
> blood nor bones, nor hair nor skull; I mean simply those 
who speak an =
> Aryan language. To me an ethnologist who speaks of Aryan 
race, Aryan =
> blood, Aryan eyes and hair, is as great a sinner as a 
linguist who =
> speaks of a dolichocephalic dictionary or a brachycephalic 
grammar." - =
> Max M=FCller<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_M=C3=BCller>)
> 
> Of course, the question should be: what the hell does it 
matter? Do the =
> terms even have meaning? I guess if you have a first name 
such as Adolf =
> it might matter.
> 
> If there is a question, shouldn't the question zero on the 
culture =
> issue? Many of us might find cartoons related to religious 
figures funny =
> even if in bad taste. Others might find the same cartoons 
reason to =
> riot.
> 
> Which brings me to another issue. One reads about the great 
libraries of =
> the ancients --- Alexandria comes to mind --- which were 
destroyed. =
> (Whatever happened to Aristotle on comedy?) And in Medieval 
times =
> despite the effort of the monks libraries were burned. Even 
as near to =
> our own time, the Germans bombed the great library at the 
University of =
> Louvain.=20
> 
> So sometimes I sit among the mess of my book collection (or 
=
> accumulation) and wonder if all else were destroyed would 
my little pile =
> be enough to be a light for future generations.
> 
> My mess is made up of many dead white (and some black) 
guys. (OK, there =
> are also some dead white and black women in the pile.) 
Culturally my =
> mess is Western --- from the ancients to the moderns. I say 
Western in =
> the broadest context of the Judeo-Christian tradition. That 
tradition =
> extends to the scientific, political and psychological 
texts of the =
> 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. And I would include 
Eastern =
> European writers who some think are outside the Western 
tradition. (Who =
> else has written a "War and Peace?")=20
> 
> Sure there were some real sob's in that tradition, but 
given the =
> religious and social demands of competing civilizations I 
think future =
> generations would find in my mess of books something of 
value to base a =
> new civilization.
> 
> Perhaps a better name for the Western tradition is the 
great liberal =
> tradition. Zealots on the right and the left would like to 
see that =
> liberal tradition be overcome by their own model. We should 
be =
> frightened, very frightened --- perhaps not for ourselves 
but for our =
> grandchildren.
>  =20
> As an individual I'm glad I was born within that liberal 
tradition. If I =
> had been born outside of that culture I probably would be 
died by now =
> from over work or from one too many middle finger salutes.
> 
> Ed Lukanuski



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