Are Some Cultures Better than Others?



由帝国主义和殖民主义组成的美国与西欧中, 对于那些剥削资源、贪婪可憎的人,他们的价值观不值得捍卫吗? 如果你认为这个问题很荒谬,没有人会这样想, 你可就大错特错了。 事实上,有这样想法的人多了。 让人纠结的是,其中大部分人都是土生土长的西方人。 换句话来说,他们开始鄙视自己的文化了。 这种思想是学校古板教育的产物。 它以多元文化著称,并且认为所有的文化都是平等的。 或者换一种说法,没有任何一种文化价值观,艺术,音乐,政治体系, 或是文学是有优劣之分的。 但,这是正确的吗? 几年前,一名叫做Saul Bellow的诺贝尔奖获得者引起了一场轩然大波, 他说:“在祖鲁人中给我找出一个托尔斯泰,或是在巴布亚人中找到普鲁斯特, 我就心服口服。” 为此,Bellow被指责种族歧视。 这简直是无稽之谈。 事实上,Bellow的意思并不是祖鲁人和巴布亚人没有能力培养伟大的小说家。 他只是表明,在目前为止,他并没有看到这么一个人。 但是,仅凭一个文化比另一个有更大贡献的可能性来说, 他这是违反了多元文化的原则。 最近,美国总统特朗普在波兰华沙似乎也陈述了相似的观点。 “我们写交响乐, 我们追求创新…我们珍视法律,保护言论自由的权利, 以及人人表达的权利…我们赋予女性力量作为我们社会的支柱… 这就是我们。这些就是将我们紧密联系在一起的纽带…作为一种文明。” 为此,特朗普受到了多元文化主义者的严厉谴责。 一位作家说道,“他怎么能这样说呢,就好像这些只有他们才有一样, 而不是所有文化中人类的普遍真理。” 这里的问题是: 创新、法治、言论自由和妇女权益等价值观念 在所有文化中都是平等的吗? 如果所有的文化都是平等的,那么我们该如何解释在过去的500年中, 西方的文化影响了全世界? 多元主义者用压迫来做解释。 他们说,西方文明之所以如此强大,是因为它如此邪恶。 他们坚持认为,对西方文明的研究应该集中在殖民主义和奴隶制上—— 西方文明特有的机制。 但是西方文化不能只用殖民主义与奴隶制概括。 这些是全球性的问题。 英国人征服了印度并统治了将近三百年。 但在英国之前,波斯帝国,蒙古国,穆斯林国家以及亚历山大 都做了同样的事情——侵略了印度的大部分领土。 事实上,英国是在第六或第七个侵略者过后才占领印度的。 对于奴隶制,它在每一种文化中都有出现。 它在古代中国、古代印度、希腊、罗马和非洲都很流行。 在哥伦布踏上美洲之前,奴隶制就在美国印第安人之间广为流传。 事实上,西方特有的并不是奴隶制,而是废除奴隶制。 西方与其他文化不同的是民主制度, 资本主义与科学。 这些是由于雅典和耶路撒冷的特殊活力而发展起来的 — 犹太教 – 基督教道德的结合。 我认为,正是这些构成了西方文化的源泉, 并诠释了西方长期以来在世界上的统治地位。 西方强大的不仅仅是军事力量, 更有思想与文化的力量。 但美国呢? 如果说美国是一个移民国家——大部分非白人移民—— 难道这不是将美国营造为一个多元化的社会吗? 不是。 美国是一个多民族国家。 我们不想让它成为一个多元文化的社会。 我是一个来自印度的移民。 我的妻子是来自委内瑞拉的移民。 尽管我们的民族背景不同,但我们都被美国独特的价值观所一致化—— 这些价值观体现在我们国家的宪法中。 对快乐的追求。 美国梦。 所以——美国和西欧不是由帝国主义,殖民主义, 资源开发、贪婪、与棕色皮肤的人组成。 我们的价值观是值得捍卫的——不仅仅因为它们是我们的,而是因为它们是好的。 我是来自普拉格大学的Dinesh D'Souza。

47 thoughts on “Are Some Cultures Better than Others?

  1. There was no slavery in Hinduism before colonialism. People like Dinesh D'Souza are the reasons why Indians don't vote for GOP.

  2. I say some cultures are better than other right now, just ask if people are they happy living in their society or not. But cultures can also learn from each other I guess…

  3. plastic surgery in India 2500 years ago. MANY CIVILIZATIONS HAVE ACHIEVEMENTS TO BE PROUD OF. IF YOU'RE EUROPEAN/AMERICAN BE PROUD OF YOUR CULTURE BUT DON'T BE AN IGNORANT SUPREMACIST.
    https://columbiasurgery.org/news/2015/05/28/history-medicine-ancient-indian-nose-jobs-origins-plastic-surgery

  4. Megasthenes in his book praised India because it had ABOLISHED SLAVERY IN 300 BC. Yes Europe has a lot to proud of and everyone should be allowed to take pride in their culture but don't denigrate other cultures.

  5. Just alone is white people had changed this world so much and other races benefited from white people. computers, road systems, food etc. That's just a few things. No other race had so much

  6. I liked the idea that multiculturalism and multiethnicity are not the same.

  7. Despise their own class privilege…..but each nevertheless want to maintain it whilst moaning about others that also have it. The privilege of free speech was given to them by the societies they hate so much. Also- not many of them walk the talk and move into the ghettos ‘to get down with the people’, but happy to finger point wrapped in cotton-wool from ivory towers.

  8. White Christian Europeans built everything that is good, everything that is great, and everything that is desired. Sorry….

  9. Great video thank you.
    I made a dramatic video about Western Civilization https://youtu.be/eKq5al-7wvY

  10. I'm Nigerian and I know for a fact that america is the light on the hill and the west has the best culture imaginable.

  11. So… According to your logic… Slavery still exists in India right?

  12. Yes. West is best and I say that as a legal immigrant and non-native Australian who was born in a third world sh*thole🤗👌🏽

  13. The big matter is what you fell inside you. If you came to America and want to establish a Sharia law then you have not assimilate in the culture.

  14. Slavery by western people was in a different level compared to people from other cultures. People from other cultures would generally enslave war prisoners and criminals. They wouldn’t travel to a far away land and kindnap any black person they came across. Also the scale at which western people enslaved black people was extraordinary, they literally changed the demographics of not just America but the entire American continents. This video is downplaying the atrocities of western civilisation.

  15. Thank you i say the truth im a Brasilian my brother migrated to the USA and i would soon follow him

  16. To defend the current form of western culture is fine. But to say that other empires used to colonize India before, so it was ok to kill 6 million Indians (or more) by creating a false famine is extremely racist and being ignorant. The British colonized like no other – they made a mass murder factory – Native Americans, Australians, Africans, Indians were all enslaved and or killed. Another example of western colonialism is Nazi Germany. Let me remind you – colonialism is not UNIVERSAL. Dinesh, time to study your roots.

  17. It's funny how West includes Russia and Israel
    What is that west? Everything but middle East and China?

  18. Agree as an immigrant. Here's what always tell whining immigrants and leftists:
    Live it, love it, or get the hell out.

  19. Thank you so much for this video. This was such an eye opener in today's world of mindless multicultural theatrics.

  20. False information: Mughals did not colonize India. They captured India and made India their home.

    British colonized India. They looted us and took away our treasures. Why then during the 1857 riots did the Indians declare Bahadur Shah as their Ruler?

  21. Best way to get people to appreciate the USA is to have them travel to another country.

  22. Indeed not all cultures are equal and some have promoted and improved human societies more than others. That has nothing to do with racial differences but rather with historical circumstances, climate, opportunities and so forth. The Germans lived as barbarians for thousands of years but after the Renaissance produced figures such as Leibniz, Bach, Planck etc. Ancient Ethiopia was more advanced than Ancient Germany. Even when Germany was technologically advanced, they still followed along with the subculture of a barbarian like Hitler. Western culture or American culture has many advantages but being self content instead of following the path of self criticism will carry the seed of self destruction. Western culture may have promoted science and technology but has also cultivated racial differences for centuries. Alexander the Great May have conquered Persia and Western India but he was NOT a racist or an imperialist in the sense of British or Western European colonialism. In the famous address of Alexander to his subjects, he claimed that all subjects are equal regardless of race, language or color. Slavery in Ancient Greece did exist but it was not based on black color but rather on captivity after war or debts.
    Slavery based on black color is a first for Western civilization. The very idea of racial supremacy or slavery based on skin color originated in the Western European world and had no precedent in the Ancient Greeks, Romans, Persians, Egyptians or Persians.
    It is fortunate that Western civilization has been able to gradually distance itself from racism after WW2. But it is still far from being perfect. Self criticism and humility is still required to continue improving.

  23. Judeo-Christian values did not abolish slavery. In fact they endorse it. Just take a good look through Deuteronomy.

    Not to say Judeo-Christian values did not make valuable contributions, but I strongly oppose giving credit where it's not due.

  24. Cultures can degenerate. In ancient times Chinese culture was one of the best cultures in the world. However Chinese culture keep getting worse instead of getting better over time thanks to the constant control and poisoning of tyrants and their huge governments.

    For example, Confucius said ‘The king should behave like a king, and citizens should behave like citizens, just like what our ancient tradition says’. 1000 years later his ‘students’ said ‘the people should do whatever the emperor says and the emperor don’t have any responsibilities’, as if anyone else in China were his slaves. Zhuang Zi said ‘let’s transcend life and death by achieving internal peace’. 1000 years later his ‘students’ said ‘let’s live forever by taking magical pills’, and those who took their magical pills often die of heavy metal poisoning.

    Cultures not only can degenerate, they can even be destroyed. Buddhism had been very popular in India and today’s western China, until Muslim invaders came. As Buddhism focus on the internal world of individuals, it can’t resist Islam at all. Hundreds of years later, Muslims entirely rooted out Buddhism from that region, using both violence and constant discrimination against non-Muslims. Nowadays only a tiny fraction of the population there is Buddhists.

    People of the west should understand how fortunate they are. Western Europe could have been conquered by Muslims, and Christianity could have been controlled and poisoned by Roman emperors, but neither of that have happened. They should defend their culture, while other people still trying to figure out how to fix their own.

  25. USA, your education is failing big time. Makes me wonder if it's the intention of the US government to keep their citizen uninformed enough to be governed with more ease.

  26. Also Your wife is from South America, ask the people there how they love the Americaans.
    Corrupt regimes, sponsert by the CIA. Durty War tactics, Were thousents of people dissapered.
    Flying over see, and trow them out.
    Since youre latest President, – Youre beloved D. Trump, – Youre country has less and less frends. Even youre nebours – Mexico- are pissed off.
    Stepping out off al deals, Euro, Eco, Economic etc.
    I have hiër oilprices thanks to him.
    The Mexicans see there cost going up with at the least 5 % thanks to him.
    Japan see there Atlanic deal vanish, thanks to him.
    Iraq see there atomic deal going up in smoke, thanks to him.
    So who is left ? Some arabic country who kills journalist in ambasses ???
    Alot off people who criticis Obama, must realis, that Obama was respected an loved al over the World !
    But those days are gone and everyone is only thinking about them self.

  27. America is becoming multicultural because most of the new immigrants are not intelligent enough to compete with the Europeans.

  28. Western Culture is the best. Europeans and the countries that they founded .(US,and Australia) are the greatest country. the only Asian country that I would say is close might be Modern Japan.

  29. As usual you twisted your words so completely that you've confused everybody.
    Just because you live in a country doesn't mean that that country exemplifies your culture.
    Culture is more than the color of your skin or what you have for lunch.
    I can see that all cultures may be equal.
    It's impossible to know another culture completely.
    However if they don't want another culture imposed on them then they shouldn't impose their culture on somebody else.
    This is the fallacy of integration and diversity.
    South Africa may have it right by kicking out all the whites and killing them but then other countries must take up the same form if that's correct.
    So as you left race-baiting SOB's are not want to do admit that runs both ways when you make a ridiculous statement then I suggest you stop making them!

  30. You only left youre country, and already your diss your own culture.
    The argument that other did it too,
    doesn't make it good.
    Ask people in the Middle East how they love the Americaans.

    And what about the Brits in your country ? They split your country in half !!
    Deported moslims to Pacistaan.
    There were terreble wars in your
    country. Manny people has died, became homelles, al under the British flag !

    So don't tell me about western culture. I am western culture, born an reased in the Netherlands.
    And culture is not a thing that stays the same, it change.
    And that is not a bad thing.

  31. The natural world is a world of war; the natural man is a warrior; the natural law is tooth and claw. All else is error.

  32. As a black person I'm afraid I have to agree with this. Some cultures are better than others. Look at Vietnam. We bombed the crap out of that place and now they're the fastest growing economy in the world. Now look at Latin America. They embrace victimhood and socialism and look where its gotten them.

  33. It is amazing how the idea of multiculturalism closes the minds of so very many.

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