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Forum Post: Commitment to Literacy and Survival of Diverse Ideas made Christian European Culture dominate

Posted 2 months ago on Aug. 14, 2020, 1:32 p.m. EST by grapes (5232)
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Protestant Christianity and Evangelicals' commitment to teaching everyone to read ( the Scriptures, of course ! ) gave European culture a huge advantage in its being catapulted to the heights of knowledge because people didn't just use their reading skills on perusing the Scriptures. European culture was very divergent so one could easily move from a place rejecting one's idea to another place welcoming and supporting it. New ideas simply didn't die easily before getting their chances to try out. Highly conforming societies ( which usually have erected brain-cramp cultural walls to provide power stability for their élites; the easiest societies to govern are the static ones but the long-term static ones are for all practical purposes culturally dead societies which can only be revived by a costly collapse or a revolution, neither being desirable ) are generally very innovation-retarded and often have to resort to stealing ideas from others in order to progress.

Yeah, I did read the Scriptures so maybe I qualify as a Christian. Of course, I could read more holy [ and unholy ] books if I knew more languages. We need to provide for low-cost or free browsing of our cultural commons. The dominance of English as lingua franca worldwide may well create a huge generation of monolingual Anglophones whose sheer number kill off the less dominant or at-risk-for-extinction languages ( mine are probably excluded from these.) The keys for understanding different peoples' diverse cultural pasts are their languages. For example, there are linguistic fossils: why do we say, "you've dialed the wrong number" instead of "you've pressed the wrong number?"

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[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 2 months ago

Belief in Christianity helped Europe's rise.

Other places can use other appropriate ways.

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