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Reason and Moral Values Made the West Great -- Now What?
We will read and discuss The Right Side of History by Ben Shapiro. In his view, many of the great accomplishments of the Western world are the result of Judeo-Christian values and the Greek-born power of reason. He traces the development of these attributes through history and shows how they created our modern society. While these values have been subverted and abused at times, we have muddled through to today and we can credit our quality of life and abundance to them. They have enabled the development of modern science, democracy, prosperity, peace and artistic beauty. But now there are signs things are changing. The author argues that Western civilization is in a crisis of purpose and ideas. We have let grievances replace our sense of community, allowed political expediency to limit individual rights and are ignoring the needy. We are watching our civilization revert to tribalism, individualistic hedonism and moral subjectivism. Shapiro concludes that there can be a positive outcome. He talks about practical ways we can use our differences to regain our footing as a society. Gerry Lapidus has conducted OLLI book discussion classes since 2005. The classes are informal and conversational. He leads the first week’s discussion and requests volunteers to lead the remaining classes, while he serves as moderator. Please read Introduction and Chapter One for the first session.
Event Type : Study Groups      
Category : History and Culture
Date(s) : 11/16/2020 - 12/14/2020
Day of Week : Monday
Time : 1:00-3:00PM
Location : Online
Instructor : Lapidus Gerald
Fee : $35.00
Event Status : OPEN