Thursday, October 12, 2017
Celebrate Columbus Day Not Savages Day
Today, October 12, 2017, is the 525th anniversary of Columbus’s landing in the New World.
Here is a series of tweets I published yesterday in his honor.
Humans have been on earth for a million years. Yet the oldest civilization is less than 6000 years. In the interval everyone was a savage.
Some people, such as various tribes in Spain, France, and England were savages as recently as the time of Julius Caesar.
Others, such as various tribes in Germany, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe, were still savages even centuries later.
The “indigenous people” of the Western Hemisphere were savages when Columbus reached them and brought them into the civilization of his day.
In bringing civilization to savages, one enables them to achieve what they had not been able to achieve for hundreds of millenia.
Those who bring civilization to savages are cultural heroes. Columbus, who brought it to the people of 2 continents, is one of the greatest.
Civilization is incomparably better than savagery. So celebrate Columbus Day not savages day.