Brave New World Order: America as a Cultural Vacuum
by Thomas Storck
"...When she invites all to appropriate for themselves a history that is not theirs, does she render us non-persons, as we deny our "identity, language, culture, customs, traditions, history?" I think that the answer the United States would make to this charge is to maintain that these things, though doubtless nice in their place, are not of supreme importance. What matters that the cultural, intellectual, historical traditions that are in fact native to you are lost? Something greater is present here, something that goes to the bedrock of human nature, something that wipes away the cobwebs of the crusty traditions and customs of the Old World. The New Man is being created here, this is the Novus Ordo Seclorum, as our Great Seal proclaims, the New Order of the Ages.
It should be obvious that there are profound differences between the philosophy of man that America upholds and that of traditional mankind. America is full of "chiefless folk," and instead of deploring it, she celebrates it and invites us all to celebrate with her. If America is an "idea," then this idea can be extended over the entire world, and instead of men being defined by their roots and ties, they will be liberated atoms in a rational void.
Unfortunately, most Americans have evinced all too little discomfort with this state of affairs. Most of us have been eager to embrace the material goods delivered, or at least promised, by the new country, and to let others worry about the question of lost cultures and such matters ...Read it all
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Thomas Storck's work has appeared in numerous publications and websites in North America and Europe. He served as a contributing editor for Caelum et Terra from 1991 until the magazine closed in 1996 and the New Oxford Review from 1996 to 2006. Since 1998 he has been a member of the editorial board of The Chesterton Review. He is the author of The Catholic Milieu, also Christendom and the West and Foundations of a Catholic Political Order. Note: We had a little phone line interference on this webcast, but you can hear fine anyway.
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"Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind. — Henry David Thoreau, (1854!) --- [This Post Last Updated: 10.31.10 / PM]