To answer this question we shall begin our examination by taking a look just how those civilizations – which, without a doubt, shaped our political and social systems – related to the values we hold dear today.
A SOCIETY WITHOUT MERCY As we begin to trace the history of the values of our world, we shall, first of all, take a look at how the ancients – who bequeathed to us so many of our ideas – regarded the values we cherish today.
Let me hasten to say that this is not a trick question; I am not hinting here at some far-fetched notion that we really got our values from the Far East.An excerpt from Rabbi Ken Spiro's recently published book, "World Perfect." While developing an idea for a lecture program, I conducted a series of surveys over a period of two years, asking people to list the fundamental values and principles which they felt we needed to uphold in order to make our world as perfect as is humanly possible. Overwhelmingly, my respondents – predominantly Westerners, from the United States, Canada, South America, England, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Italy, etc – came up with remarkably similar answers, which could be grouped into these six categories: The respondents to my survey came from all walks of life, yet regardless of their backgrounds, they were in agreement. Where did the values and principles of the modern world come from?Indeed, they, and I venture to say most human beings the world over, deeply believe that a perfect world must include these universal values. Are these six basic ideas intrinsic to human nature? The answer I found will surprise, perhaps even shock, the reader.Western law, government, administration, and engineering were also powerfully shaped by Rome.Indeed, we do overwhelmingly get the lion's share of our culture from these civilizations.
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