From: Glenn Morton (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Sep 09 2002 - 09:01:17 EDT
Bill Yates wrote:
>This gives rise to my second question:
>Why do these other groups not see this and implement the same values in
>their society in order to achieve the same progress?
Not answers but speculation. The people in every culture like their culture.
It is what they grew up with and what they were trained to live in. Even
here in Scotland with the similarities in language and culture, I miss some
of the subtle clues to feelings and attitudes because I wasn't trained as a
child in this culture. Thus, it is hard for people in one culture to match
the values in another culture. If those values are required for economic
growth, then growth will be lacking in cultures that can't mimic those
And I wouldn't automatically claim that Christianity mimics the traits you
listed earlier in your note: worth of the individual, belief in liberty,
democracy, and a free market capitalistic economic system. For 1800 years
Christianity aligned itself with despotical dictators whom we call kings.
There was little worth ascribed to the individual, little liberty, no
democracy and no captialist system because everything belonged to the king.
Thus the inability of Islamic societies to free themselves from their
despotical dictators is not that much different from Christianity for the
first 1800 years of its existence.
And ironically our push for democracy in the Arabic world (which we should
do) probably will backfire. In Algeria several years ago the military
canceled an election because pre-election polls showed that the islamic
fundamentalists, who were campaigning for an Islamic society which would do
away with elections, was about to win. I saw the other day that Bush was
pushing Musharref to have free elections in Pakistan. If they had truly
free elections, we would have another Afghanistan on our hands, only this
one would have nuclear weapons. The real problem is the intellectual
isolation of the Islamic world. No alternative viewpoints are viable there.
And this leaves us in a real quandry because of our view of the worth of the
individual. Do we truly give the freedom to a society to vote in people who
say we must die?
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