By Victor Davis Hanson // Works and Days by PJMedia
Western culture is deservedly exceptional. No other tradition has given the individual such security, freedom, and prosperity.
The Athens-Jerusalem mixture of Christian humility (and guilt) and the classical Socratic introspection combined in the West to make it a particularly self-reflective and self-critical society, in a way completely untrue of other traditions.
Unprecedented Western leisure and affluence also have given Europeans and Americans a margin of error, in the sense of the material ability to indulge in ethical critique of themselves without existential danger. Read more →