We, in the Western World, have made all of the same mistakes that the Ancient Romans made.
We haven’t learnt from history! As Dostoyevsky in the discussion between Ivan, the Secular Humanist and his brother Alyosha, a monk in his wonderful book, The Brothers Kamarazov said, the ancient Romans decayed because they became matter.
Christopher Dawson, the English historian proclaims that when a civilization moves away from its spiritual roots, it is dying, even though it may not seem to be.
During the 19th century, initiated by Immanuel Kant at the end of the 18th century, philosophical thinking fused subject and object which had been strictly separate up until this period. In other words, the subject becomes the object and this then paves the way to such ideologies as Communism.
Dostoyevsky portrayed in the character of Alyosha the strict separation which hitherto had prevailed in European thinking
Ivan was the victor but his victory was attained at no smaller cost than the loss of a wonderfully unique civilization.
What can we do about it? I wish I knew the answer to that question!
Author: Elizabeth Brinsden