Cortes and Mexico
Would you have wanted to be a conquistador or an Aztec
Date: 11-22-00 16:53
Well, now let's get control and not turn discussion to personal
attacks. After all, this is a website that will be utilized
by teachers and minor students all over the place. Let's keep
personal; attacks off the discussion. Focus on the questions/issues.
First, Let's backtrack how this whole chain got started.
Accussing Aztecs as inhumans because they perform sacrifices
and rituals of blood can not be used as an argument to justify
all the abuse that was done by the catholic church and the
european mentality of expansion for centuries. Let's remember
that Europeans were barbarians and perform rituals of blood
as well. Burning of victims was a common practice among the
Spanish nation. In the 14th, 15th, and 16th century. The "Inquisition"
was a way to sacrifice innocent victims in the name of God.
Curiously, there is a parallel here, with the ancient Aztecs.
Let's not pretend that the spanish were more civilized, because
they were not.
Second, we use the Greek mythology as symbols in modern world.
As if the Greeks had been more civilized with respect to human
rights and as if they had no wars and sacrifices amongst themselves.
They were extreme Barbarians and imperialist as well. In any
case, we still use and romanticize about their culture and
history in modern society. How the symbol of the "native americans"
be expected to be subjected to a different judgement that
other mythical, historical symbols and the role that these
symbols have in our modern culture/society. Let's use the
same baseline to judge all cultures and its symbols. No culture
has been better off or it can be used as a prime example to
guide and transcend our own humanity.
Reality is as a culture we are, and have been barbarians.
It is in our nature. In modern society, we are still the same
beast we were 3,000 years ago. We have not changed. WWI, WWII,
Holocaust, Vietnam, Korean War, Middle East Conflict, Yugoslavia
conflict. They all prove, regardless of region, religion,
and culture that we have struglled with our own humanity and
the same human right issues. Let's not try to hide our own
skeletons in our closet and pretend we are better than other
historical cultures. Modern symbol of Uncle Sam as a University
Mascot would not be better than the Aztec use as a Symbol.
It is just human, after all.
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