Monthly Archives: February 2007

What’s wrong with Europe?

While browsing the net some days ago I found thisone article which kinda blames the raise of atheistic humanism on Europe’s problems.

I have some issues with humanism (notsomuchwith atheism) but I can hardly agree.

One quote: “Europe began the twentieth century with bright expectations of new and unprecedented scientific, cultural, and political achievements. Yet within fifty years, Europe, the undisputed center of world civilization in 1900, produced two world wars, three totalitarian systems, a Cold War that threatened global holocaust, oceans of blood, mountains of corpses, the Gulag, and Auschwitz. What happened? And, perhaps more to the point, why had what happened happened? Political and economic analyses do not offer satisfactory answers to those urgent questions. Cultural-which is to say spiritual, even theological-answers might help.”

Instead, I’d say answers based on population dynamics might help too. After all, a lot of people who moved away from Europe back then(andbefore) left the continent because they were more or less repressed there for one reason or another (often religious I think). It is not that hard to imagine that they left behind them a shortage of virtue (both genetic and phenotypical) – a vacuum so to speak which was soon filled with more people with genes that were more suitable in such an environment. What followed was of course more oppression in Europe; fascists, Nazisandsocialists gained power when there were not enough decent people to oppose them any longer. In a way Europeans (ormaybemoreaccurately their genes) got what they deserved: death in plenty. I guess the justice was served crudely but that’s how it isusually served in real world.

AtleastIsuspectthey more often have genes which predispose them to transcendental beliefs. Though of course the culture has been there too.

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Put your kids in a public school!

Well, you won’t if you think about it just for a second.Thisisjusttoorichnottoshare:

“After learning of the first assault from a second-grader who witnessed part of it, administrators kept quiet and allowed F.H. to remain in school, the lawsuit said. The 12-year-old sexually assaulted three more first-graders over the next four months, according to the parents.

The final assault, for which F.H. was found guilty in juvenile court of rape and sent to a detention center until he turns 18, took place after he was put on “hallway detention” – out of view of any teacher and next to a bathroom used by first-graders, the lawsuit said. That is a key point in the plaintiffs’ case.”

I myself witnessed almost equivalent behaviour when I was in a public school quite a few years ago. I learned to despise authorities. I learned their law ain’t often something I can respect, as seems to be the case in the US too, as teachers probably won’t be held responsible in that case either. A good lesson in a way, but you wouldn’t have to learn it in a better world.

But at least this time there is some hope that the public outrage will make them change the laws at least a bit and do something so theywon’t let that kind of a thing happen again.

Anyway, if I ever have children myself, I will definitely consider home-schooling. The zoo wouldn’t be the right place for my kids.

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