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    Re: Should we abolish Columbus Day?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hypersonic View Post
    Well that is the French. The result of European colonialism in the Americas are those who are prideful of their original heritage and language. Although now it's too late to turn back time, I think the idea of "we brought them this, or that" is indicative of Eurocentric mentality. Cortez certainly didn't come in peace and of course the invading Spaniards thought the Aztecs were "barbaric" because they were evangelized Christians who sought to evangelized a culture they thought was barbaric this is called colonialism. Sure technology such as science and medicine came out of it. But that culture has lived for centuries medicine was not a problem for them.
    They were cutting the hearts out of thousands of people each year while they were still alive, and eating them afterwards. That's "barbaric" by an objective standard which has nothing whatsoever to do with culture.

    They were basically an entire society built around warfare, violence, and ritualistic bloodshed.

    These people developed a complex math system which we are astonished even today, so these people were hardly mindless goons in the sense.
    True. However, you have to remember that the Egyptians, and arguably even the people who built Stonehenge, were capable of much the same.

    Knowledge of mathematics does not necessarily make up for all the other failings their society possessed.

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    Re: Should we abolish Columbus Day?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gathomas88 View Post
    They were cutting the hearts out of thousands of people each year while they were still alive, and eating them afterwards. That's "barbaric" by an objective standard which has nothing whatsoever to do with culture.

    They were basically an entire society built around warfare, violence, and ritualistic bloodshed.



    True. However, you have to remember that the Egyptians, and arguably even the people who built Stonehenge, were capable of much the same.

    Knowledge of mathematics does not necessarily make up for all the other failings their society possessed.

    Ok so were the Mongolians, Alexander the Great, The Roman Empire, The Ottoman Empire, and many others. As far as barbarism I would say the idea of barbarism when looking at a culture's ritualistic habits varies. Some might look at certain cultures where a male's rights of passage such as putting one's hand in a glove filled with bullet ants is gruesome and somewhat barbaric. Some might look at the cutting of an African kids face as a rite of passage cruel and child abuse. Whenever a culture has a certain perspective exclusive as to how they perceive the world, any culture that seems extreme from that would appear barbaric. What the Aztecs did in their time is what they saw the world and what they experienced from their spiritual faith.

    For the Europeans who were evangelized in Christianity of course they'll perceive what the Aztecs did as barbaric, but it is not to be said that their perception upon the Aztecs was objective as we all know any culture which isn't as advanced as the Europeans at that time, they saw any culture inferior. This is why I used the term "Eurocentrism" because there was largely an idea that everything ought to revolve around European ideals. This spawn European colonialism. European colonialism let's not forget was not a moral movement.
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    Re: Should we abolish Columbus Day?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hypersonic View Post
    Ok so were the Mongolians, Alexander the Great, The Roman Empire, The Ottoman Empire, and many others.
    And would you have wanted to live under any of them if you were given the choice?

    As far as barbarism I would say the idea of barbarism when looking at a culture's ritualistic habits varies. Some might look at certain cultures where a male's rights of passage such as putting one's hand in a glove filled with bullet ants is gruesome and somewhat barbaric. Some might look at the cutting of an African kids face as a rite of passage cruel and child abuse. Whenever a culture has a certain perspective exclusive as to how they perceive the world, any culture that seems extreme from that would appear barbaric. What the Aztecs did in their time is what they saw the world and what they experienced from their spiritual faith.
    While it might very well be true to say that all human societies possess certain intrinsic downsides, it cannot really be denied that, in the case of European contact with the Americas, our culture was less objectively terrible than that of the native peoples. We simply happened to possess more advanced technology, more progressive values, and a society less centered around pointless ritualistic bloodshed and violence than they could ever dream of possessing at the stage of cultural development they were in when contact was made.

    For the Europeans who were evangelized in Christianity of course they'll perceive what the Aztecs did as barbaric, but it is not to be said that their perception upon the Aztecs was objective as we all know any culture which isn't as advanced as the Europeans at that time, they saw any culture inferior. This is why I used the term "Eurocentrism" because there was largely an idea that everything ought to revolve around European ideals. This spawn European colonialism. European colonialism let's not forget was not a moral movement.
    Competition between cultures is always ultimately an issue of "survival of the fittest." The native cultures of the Americas simply didn't make the cut.

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    Re: Should we abolish Columbus Day?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gathomas88 View Post
    And would you have wanted to live under any of them if you were given the choice?



    While it might very well be true to say that all human societies possess certain intrinsic downsides, it cannot really be denied that, in the case of European contact with the Americas, our culture was less objectively terrible than that of the native peoples. We simply happened to possess more advanced technology, more progressive values, and a society less centered around pointless ritualistic bloodshed and violence than they could ever dream of possessing at the stage of cultural development they were in when contact was made.



    Competition between cultures is always ultimately an issue of "survival of the fittest." The native cultures of the Americas simply didn't make the cut.
    The bold was interesting.

    All I could think of was....

    The Crusades.

    Salem Witch Trials.

    Leopold II upon the people of the Congo

    Holocaust

    If you look at the the Viking Anglo-Saxon and Norman incursions you'll see barbarism in Europe.

    If the strength of what you're saying is coming from the Medieval period you'd be hard pressed since the Arabs such as the Saracens were very technologically advanced since Europe was in a dark age. But I do agree with you in your last statement. Most military incursions happen and who ever survives is the fittest. The only thing that gave Europeans in the Americas the upperhand is technology. However a lot of military technology came by trade from cultures who had already invented it....Such as the Chinese who invented gunpowder.

    But if you look at the history of Genghis Khan upon conquering people (although he greusomely slaughtered his enemies and those that opposed him) he also convinced the people that his actions were for the good of the people and claimed that by riding the former rulers he rid the people of the opppressors as he (Genghis Khan) claimed to be the "wrath of God." So in essence, it wasn't just gunpowder and canons that won the wars for the Spainards, it was also psychological warfare. Since the Spanish were Christian I'm sure they tried tirelessly to convince the population that their gods were false and that there was only one god. Get enough people to believe the incoming conquerors are the true saviors you'll have a mass of people to believe the imperial forces are for the good of the people.

    We see this now in the Iraq and Afghanistan war with the exception of teaching the people about Christianity.
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    Re: Should we abolish Columbus Day?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hypersonic View Post
    The bold was interesting.

    All I could think of was....

    The Crusades.

    Salem Witch Trials.

    Leopold II upon the people of the Congo

    Holocaust

    If you look at the the Viking Anglo-Saxon and Norman incursions you'll see barbarism in Europe.
    The only thing on this list which even begins to approach the levels of barbarism which were routine in Pre-Columbian America is the Holocaust. Frankly, even then, that was a pretty exceptional event which was perpetrated by a post-Enlightenment Western culture that was almost completely removed from the one responsible for colonizing the Americas.

    As such, it doesn't really bear any relevance on the comparison between Europe and the Americas during that period.

    If the strength of what you're saying is coming from the Medieval period you'd be hard pressed since the Arabs such as the Saracens were very technologically advanced since Europe was in a dark age. But I do agree with you in your last statement. Most military incursions happen and who ever survives is the fittest. The only thing that gave Europeans in the Americas the upperhand is technology. However a lot of military technology came by trade from cultures who had already invented it....Such as the Chinese who invented gunpowder.
    This is all a red herring. How the West happened to compare to any other culture around at the time of the our first contact with the Native Americans is ultimately completely irrelevant.

    What is relevant is that we were clearly more advanced than the Pre-Columbian cultures of North and South America. This was true on a social, technological, and cultural level.

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    Re: Should we abolish Columbus Day?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gathomas88 View Post
    The effects of the diseases we carried with us were unfortunate, but ultimately could not really have been avoided. Even if Europeans had "come in peace," so to speak, the diseases our diplomats carried with them still would have ravaged the Native American population anyway regardless.

    As far as culture and language are concerned, I don't see why it should really matter. You don't see the French complaining about how they lost their "original" language and culture to the Romans, do you?
    Ehhh I don't know if that's really an accurate parallel. Don't mistake me, I'm actually quite a fan of Western imperialism believe it or not, as I think it's largely had a net benefit on the world's economic and social situation.

    Even so, I do think there's merit in observing an untouched culture, for what you can learn about different cultural evolutionary pathways, and so it is something of a shame to see the cultures of the New World so utterly and totally extinct.

    I think it's a defensible position to both support that the Western Hemisphere has become an extension of Europe and European ideals, and still mourn the loss of a culture that developed in strikingly different ways to those in the Old World.

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    Re: Should we abolish Columbus Day?

    Quote Originally Posted by Excon View Post
    Whaaaa!
    We honor him for his discovery.

    Get over it.
    Discovered.

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    Re: Should we abolish Columbus Day?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gathomas88 View Post
    And would you have wanted to live under any of them if you were given the choice?



    While it might very well be true to say that all human societies possess certain intrinsic downsides, it cannot really be denied that, in the case of European contact with the Americas, our culture was less objectively terrible than that of the native peoples. We simply happened to possess more advanced technology, more progressive values, and a society less centered around pointless ritualistic bloodshed and violence than they could ever dream of possessing at the stage of cultural development they were in when contact was made.



    Competition between cultures is always ultimately an issue of "survival of the fittest." The native cultures of the Americas simply didn't make the cut.
    I have to do a doublethink on the "less objectively terrible" comment. That would be less objectionably terrible from the "European"oint of view - which makes it subjective.

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    Re: Should we abolish Columbus Day?

    Quote Originally Posted by year2late View Post
    Discovered.
    Yeah.
    You think he invented it?
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    Re: Should we abolish Columbus Day?

    Quote Originally Posted by Excon View Post
    Yeah.
    You think he invented it?
    Naw.

    He was just a little late to the party.

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