Sidelining the Loud-Mouthed Cultural Warriors
By Irfan Yusuf, On Line Opinion, January 18, 2008
A short reply by Con George-Kotzabasis
To conflate, as Yusuf does, the so called cultural ‘warriors’ of the West with the religiously fanatic suicidal jihadists of al Qaeda, does not only abuse reality but also one’s intellectual integrity and honesty. Yusuf writes “the vast majority of people …are quite happy to live with people who don’t share their culture or religion”. Indeed they do, but only in the tolerant societies of the West. However, that does not mean that they are indifferent or apathetic about the achievements of their culture. No people can survive without breathing daily the achievements of their culture. And no people can be proud of these achievements if they are depicted by revisionist historians, like Robert Manne, that they have been made by the “spilling of blood”.
In our case, Australia’s culture is the descendant of the great culture of Western civilization. But no culture, no matter how great, is a manifestation of Godly purity. However, the blemishes of Western culture are infinitesimal next to its “infinite” virtues, and hence Western culture is ”closer” to the “realm of God”.
Yusuf wrote his piece on On Line…under the rubric of political philosophy. But with his moral equation between the “loud-mouthed cultural ‘warriors’ ” and “the likes of al Qaida”, he bans himself from all philosophical discourse. As by such philosophical credentials no philosopher would ever allow him to enter his academy.
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