Bertrand Russell, A History of Western Philosophy, Page 400

“(Western Europe’s) superiority since the Renaissance is due partly to science and scientific technique, partly to politicalBertrandrussell institutions slowly built up during the Middle Ages. There is no reason, in the nature of things, why this superiority should continue.

“In the present war, (World War II) great military strength has been shown by Russia, China and Japan. All these combine Western technique with Eastern ideology — Byzantine, Confucian or Shinto. India, if liberated, will contribute another Oriental element.

“It seems not unlikely that during the next few centuries, civilization, if it survives, will have greater diversity than it has had since the Renaissance.

“There is an imperialism of culture which is harder to overcome than the imperialism of power. Long after the Western Empire fell — indeed until the Reformation — all European culture retained a tincture of Roman imperialism. It now has, for us, a West-European imperialistic flavor.

“I think that, if we are to feel at home in the world after the present war, we shall have to admit Asia to equality in our thoughts — not only politicaly but culturally.

“What changes this will bring about, I do not know, but I am convinced that they will be profound and of the greatest importance.”


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  1. “Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.” -BR

    Comment by smokey's gal — 3.17.2011 @ 9:19 am

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