Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Does western civilisation move inexorably towards a fate that has been inscribed into its cultural DNA by its Christian roots? Jesus died on the cross, forming perhaps the most potent cultural symbol to inform western consciousness for 2000 years. It is an image of self-sacrifice; of surrendering to one's own destruction in order to achieve the highest ethical position; of refusing to do what needs to be done to ensure self-preservation; to die so that others may live. These themes pervade the thinking of westerners in ways they are barely conscious of. They inform our responses to myriads of situations, including our response to alien and hostile forces.

Will we follow Jesus and suffer our own crucifixion in order to preserve our moral purity above all else? Has Jesus taught us how to exterminate ourselves?

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