Sunday, October 15, 2006

Chris Columbus (values)

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I was definitely taught in school that 'ole Chris Columbus was a historically great man for his exploration. We were told very little about what he actually did while he was in the Western hemisphere though, because if we had that knowledge, we would question it. If the stories about Columbus' exploits are true, what with all of the casual conversations regarding sexual slavery and murder, then I think that we as a country need to re-think what we are celebrating on Columbus Day. Perhaps instead of glorifying Christopher Columbus as an individual, we could focus more on the spirit of exploration or something of that nature.

3 Comments:

Blogger maggie said...

That is a good point to focus more on accomplishments made instead of individuals.

11:09 AM  
Blogger toddo said...

lol but wasn't the spirit of exploration the spirit of conquest and lust for gold? Maybe spelunking (cave exploring) shows the spirit of exploration, and god knows these explorers were crazy brave and faced unbelievable unknowns and risks. But their ethnocentrism sure blinded them to the humanity of the people they met....unlike us today, who are virtuous and wise!

11:15 AM  
Blogger Huntre said...

please do not discriminate against me because i spelunk in my spare time.

11:56 AM  

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