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Paths Semester Project- Empire
Caleb Schmotteron 11 May 2011
Transcript of Paths Semester Project- Empire
more than one hundred distinct
empires have risen and fallen.
Do any of these sound familiar?
Today, there is one empire that draws most attention.
It is easy to overlook its candidacy, since
it was traditionally viewed as the "anti-empire." "Very simply, Americans of the 20th century liked empire for the same reasons their ancestors had favored it in the 18th and 19th centuries. It provided them with renewable opportunities, wealth, and other benefits and satisfactions including a psychological sense well-being and power" (Pg 19). "Empire as a way of life involves taking wealth and freedom away from others to provide for your own welfare, pleasure, and power" (Pg 27). "One of the most sophisticated ways of transforming Him involved secularizing Him by equating Godliness with individual or collective success on earth. As one perceptive observer has noted, that meant that Christianity became increasingly 'self-centered and ego-directed.' Thus the successful way becomes the Lord's way" (Pg 51). The Muse, disgusted at an age and clime
Barren of every glorious theme,
In distant lands now waits a better time,
Producing subjects worthy fame: In happy climes where from the genial sun
And virgin earth such scenes ensue,
The force of art by nature seems outdone,
And fancied beauties by the true: In happy climes, the seat of innocence,
Where nature guides and virtue rules,
Where men shall not impose for truth and sense
The pedantry of courts and school: There shall be sung another golden age,
The rise of empire and of arts,
The good and great inspiring epic rage,
The wisest head and noblest hearts. Not such as Europe breeds in her decay;
Such as she bred when fresh and young,
When heavenly flame did animate her clay,
By future poets shall be sung. Westward the course of empire takes its way;
The four first acts already past,
The fifth shall close the drama with the day;
Time’s noblest offspring is the last. A poem written by George Berkely
in the 1750s describes this empire
during the moment of its birth. The Ethics of Empire Then: Now: The Crusades Spanish Conquest Vietnam Iraq Latin and South America What has really changed? Ethics History Empire is not as simple as it may seem. The thought of empire as a complex interlocking system means that we should take care in trying to predict the future. And with the continually loosening definition of empire, we should realize that there are empires that exist outside of political constraints. In conclusion, while an empire may last for a century, it may take a millennia to gain a full understanding of its inner workings.