《The Triumph of the West》的笔记-第47页
- 章节名：II. A SENSE OF DIRECTION
- 页码：第47页 2014-09-13 06:10:31
P47.... When nineteenth-century Englishmen set about rebuilding the Houses of Parliament after the old Palace of Westminster had been burnt down, they did so in mock-medieval style; they used new ideas and iron and glass for their railway stations and the Crystal Palace, but wanted their parliament building to express the continuities of an ancient constitution. So they turned to Gothic and stone, as they did for many other public and civic buildings........I believe that two central myths can be found at the heart of the western view of history. One is the idea that men are, in some sense, able to take charge of their own destinies: they are autonomous. The other is the idea that history is meaningful because it has direction; it is going somewhere....These two ideas, myths, visions, or whatever we wish to call them, appear to originate in two traditions older than our own, the Graeco-Roman and the Judaic. This is where the roots of western civilisation have long been recognised to lie. The two traditions come together most visibly in Christianity.........Selection can lead to over-idealisation of the Greek world, even at its splendid peak... Different elements were predominant in it at different times and many of the most primitive and irrational among them survived into the Christian era alongside some of its greater achievements.
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