A Society Lacking Confidence Will Wither.
Ed Achorn’s column, yesterday, is more relevant to today’s demonstration than may seem at first to be the case:
What’s at the center of [Brown’s Columbus Day] debate, and others like it, is whether we believe in our civilization anymore. Growing numbers of people seem to be losing faith in it.
To my mind, Columbus Day was never really about the man himself, or the historic events of 1492 and their immediate aftermath. It was about what he symbolized: courage, intelligence, endurance, a willingness to risk everything seeking new worlds. Columbus Day was a celebration of Western Civilization and, ultimately, the most magnificent country that arose in the New World, the United States of America.
The disparagement of Columbus, much like the disparagement of the Founders so popular in recent years, seems designed to break down the faith of young people, and in time most Americans, that this really is an exceptional place, a country that has achieved unique things in world history because of one thing: freedom.
A lack of belief in ourselves has much to do with America’s current economic predicament. As we’ve drifted from a desire for opportunity to a demand for ease and stability, we’ve created the structure that enabled the “too big to fail” label and the concomitant greed. Furthermore, it is a loss of ideals that is leading us down the wrong path toward recovery.
More than anything, we must reclaim our confidence in the society that our founders intended to build.