Thomas Sowell is an indispensable voice of reason. His column today reminds us that evil, in this instance in the form of slavery, is hardly unique to the West. And is certainly nothing new. I would expand this thought from slavery to evil generally, but here’s part of what Mr Sowell wrote about slavery:
…slaves and enslavers alike have been of every race, religion and nationality.
If the history of slavery ought to teach us anything, it is that human beings cannot be trusted with unbridled power over other human beings– no matter what color or creed any of them are. The history of ancient despotism and modern totalitarianism practically shouts that same message from the blood-stained pages of history.
Mr Sowell’s central thesis is “don’t pick on America” or the West: everyone has done it, and, despite our advances in modern times, continues to do it in some hellholes around the world.
True enough. But I would not feel so sanguine about our having learned our lessons. As always, when it comes to human nature, almost nothing surprises. Is there no goodness in mankind? Of course there is. It’s just that when it comes to human nature, Paul hit it square on the head when he quoted the Psalmist in his letter to the church at Rome.
Romans 3:10 is all one need to know about our evil condition: None is righteous, no, not one.
Is all lost? Are we doomed as a species to wallow in our own filth and degradation? While so it might seem when watching our modern “culture,” know that there is hope, there is redemption in Christ Jesus. That’s the message, plain and clear. And sufficient for me.