Can anyone be so indifferent or idle as not to care to know by what means and under what kind of polity almost the whole inhabited world was conquered and brought under the dominion of a single city of Rome, and that too within a period of not quite fifty-three years?”Polybius
Don’t be a modern supremacist. In the age of the internet, we share information and news as fast as lightning, and yet the voices of the mindless masses are amplified and the cult of celebrity is endlessly promoted above the process of enquiry and discovery. I like to read history books written before 1939, because the level of rewriting, misinformation, and moralistic propaganda we have been exposed to en masse since WWII is unprecedented in all of human history.
Humans are no wiser or more moral than we ever were. Our empires have simply changed their nature, and what was once rule by honest and open violent warfare is now rule by GSRRM (Gossip, Shaming, Rallying, Ridicule, and Moralizing). This is the age of feminism, which, oddly enough, is not really the brainchild or achievement of women, but rather the subversion of weak, matriarchal, foreign men.
It won’t be so forever. Learn from the past so that you can prepare yourself and your family for the future. Learn from friends and foes alike. Don’t hold onto utopian ideals, but observe with detachment, judge with an empirical foundation of knowledge, and act with rational self-interest. What made (and will make again) the West great is that our self-interest goes beyond our individual selves, as we embrace the glory of shared history, shared religion, and shared aspirations to make the Earth as much like Heaven as we can with the time God has granted us.
There is a restoration and a renaissance on the horizon, and we are laying its foundations RIGHT NOW. Rejoice, take heart, learn, equip, and prepare. Deus vult!
James Fox Higgins is an author, blogger, podcaster, musician, and social commentator who believes firmly in the power of wisdom, truth, courage, and historical/political literacy, and above all else, CHRIST to transform your ability to not merely cope with the depredations of the fallen world, but to also revel in the adventure of life in Creation! War is coming; face it smiling.