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Barbarism is characterized by extreme cruelty or brutality. It's the kind of word we associate with people of the past. The Incans, for example, recently labelled one of the "most advanced" civilizations in the history of mankind, had some particularly barbaric practices, namely the sacrifice of children in order to promote a healthy harvest and the working of the sun.
Go read about the Icans, and you'll see there is much bandied around about how this practice was not as barbaric as it seemed. Google reveals ample apologetics praising the Incans and excusing their mass murder of war prisoners and sacrifice of children as being done with "more humanity than in other civilizations". I guess it depends on who you compare them to because the Spaniards that wiped them out had no comparable practices to the mass murder of political prisoners and child sacrifice.
The Incan rituals of mass murder and child sacrifice were not motivated by any of the positive, edifying ideas and institutions coming out of the West which lead to the most successful attempt at providing a representative, egalitarian government in the history of mankind. Fear is what turned children into useful instruments to appease the Incan sun god, Inti. Fear is what drove them to brutalize and dishonor the lives of their people to such an extent that they were thrown in mass graves and never given the honor of a proper, ceremonious burial.
No Western Gods ask for so great an offering. One could argue that the dawn of Western civilization began when child sacrifice was explicitly forbidden, practiced as it was in the Middle East across all peoples up until roughly 500 B.C. The end of human sacrifice as a means to worship God comes for the Jews and Christians in Genesis when Abraham, at the behest of God, offers his son Isaac up for sacrifice only to be told that a nearby ram would be perfectly sufficient. From this harsh break from the barbaric practice of child sacrifice, Western Civilization emerged. The ideas that grew from this beginning elevated the life of man above all else—at least in theory.
The demonization of Western thought, literature, and religion is nothing less than a return to barbarism, and it permeates every aspect of the new Woke Barbarian Regime's agenda. A very basic example is excusing the barbarism of non-Western civilizations from the past—such as the Incans—who were "colonized" by the civilizing forces of the Western world.
A barbaric civilization that does not value human life except in relation to its utility as an offering to a God would never venture to provide good lives for its people. It would discourage family formation and having children—to appease the climate god. It would promote degenerate sexual identities—to appease the sex god. It would reduce people to their most superficial dimensions: sex, race, and orientation—to appease the equity god. It would force citizens to ingest the proper "medicine"—to appease the health god.
It would do all these things in the name of progress, equity, anti-racism, sustainability, and health: words as vague and meaningless as the Incan sun god is real.
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🏫 EDUCATION NAPKIN MATH
Tennessee Education: Where does the money go? Across the state, Tennesseans are paying more attention to the public education system. Governor Lee and Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn read the room. Last Friday, the duo announced a 90-day listening tour in which the Tennessee Department of Education will conduct committee meetings and public forums, as well as surveys to collect input from parents, teachers, policymakers, and advocates alike. This all to address the ever-elusive Tennessee education funding formula, an archaic and complicated framework known as the Basic Education Program (BEP) which hasn’t been revamped in decades.
Governor Lee and Commissioner Schwinn advocate for a student-centered approach. Avoid the highly politicized soundbites and opinion pieces touting themselves as journalism by brushing up on the current state of Tennessee’s educational funding with this Beacon Center of Tennessee report.
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⛓ IT'S RIGGED FOR ME, BUT NOT FOR THEE
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THINGS TO DO
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🎞 The Velvet Underground Opens Fri. 10/15
Acclaimed filmmaker, Todd Haynes' new documentary on the NYC of the 60s and how the band created a new sound that changed the world of music, cementing its place as one of rock 'n' roll's most revered bands.
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Season 3 of the popular HBO show premiers on Sunday night.
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