Friday, January 20, 2012

The Value of Values

From a recent speech by Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks:
A world without values quickly becomes a world without value. Economic superpowers have a short shelf-life: Spain in the fifteenth century, Venice in the sixteenth, Holland in the seventeenth, France in the eighteenth, Britain in the nineteenth, America in the twentieth. Meanwhile Christianity has survived for two thousand years, and Judaism for twice as long as that. The Judeo-Christian heritage is the only system known to me capable of defeating the law of entropy that says all systems lose energy over time.
Here's the question: can the eurozone survive if its members do not share the same values?

1 comment:

  1. I think the peoples of the eurozone DO share the moral values engendered in them by the shared heritage of Christianity, by and large. However, it's when the elites (who drive European integration) fail to share those values that the trouble begins. Have we reached that point yet? I don't think we have, but perhaps they needed the wake-up call of this debt crisis to think again?


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