With the ongoing cultural revolution, outsourcing through globalization, invasion of Latino illegal workers, communist like bio-war front of homosexuals to open an additional gender conflict to create a tripartite stress with a communist party-like organizational sophistication internationally and pervasive broadcast media mass programming shock front of globalist/socialist co-option of individual liberties selecting a traditional ‘hero of the week’ cultural hagiography may be somewhat anachronistic. One may search through the annals of history and contemporary affairs when needed to discover some individual that made a difference in the world, and acknowledge that achievement.
In reading about the history of then English language numerous interesting points involving accidence, declension, split infinitives and their solecistic defense, the order of loan words and phrases (why martial courts is said ‘courts martial’ instead) and so forth. English has ever changed, yet in a most orderly way intended to simplify construction and improve expression and clarify meaning. Perhaps a good person of the week should be a defender of cultural, perhaps Charles Martel then will be the first. I might like to choose Jeremiah the indomitable profit, yet his hagiographical sketch can await another time when more than the brief mention that Charles Martel will receive allows.
Charles Martel, born in Belgium August 23, 686 was in essence the founder of modern western civilization, or the pivotal figure without who it would not have survived. The illegitimate son of Pippin the Middle
Martel as head of various armies was victorious in civil wars that led to a unification of much of Europe, and defeated an invading Muslim force at the battle of Tours. Martel is credited by many historians with savings catholic Europe from becoming taken into the Emirate of Cordoba’s demesne. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Andalus.
In a brief Hero of the Week sketch, one is free to digress onto other areas. Thus one may ask ‘what is wisdom’ and discover from the book of proverbs 8-22/31“22The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
23I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
24When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.
25Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:
26While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.
27When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:
28When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:
29When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
30Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;
31Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men. “
Martel took the province of Nimes and Aquitaine. Nime in old English had another meaning ‘name’, yet well understood the difficulties in ignoring Beowulf (baywolf) or alternatively (from proverbs 17-19 “ 19He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.” Interesting Gary Killan’s operating system was transmuted into q-dos by another small company with a questionable proprietary transfer (some have speculated that if patent law was better evolved then Killan might have kept the ownership exclusively) incidentally ‘patent letter’ is another one of those French loan phrases that would have been better written ‘ letter of patent’. IBM contacted then Harvard dropout Bill Gates about buying the company with the hot operating system with the assurance that it would give him an exclusive supply contract for IBM operating systems in personal computers if he paid 50,000 for the company. Gates bought and the rest is history; IBM’s ThinkPad division was sold to the Red Chinese Army or whatever communist sponsored collection over there desired it.
American’s might learn something from Charles Martel’s cultural war victory that could apply today perhaps, yet I’m not sure what that would be, except that the nature and speed of global power allocations have changed in 1400 years, and that politicians in D.C. should need to put some intention on keeping this nation liberated from reliance on importing fuel and autos that require vast cash deficit outlays. The nation had energetic and inventive founders seeking to build a better mousetrap, today the nation may have acquired a mass produced complacency that Toynbee might have described in his book ‘The Greeks’ in which development of peoples were compared based upon their relation to environmental and geographic challenges. Too little geographical and environmental challenge produced a lazy people, indolent or complacent, and too much overcame their ability to cope producing an arrested civilization. Perhaps the success of American industrialism, military and economics has produced a people without sufficient good judgment to moderate excesses of corruption, decadence or to discover virtue in national self-reliance so far as too avoid dangerous over-reliance on imports. The founder’s rational would have produced another way of equally efficient personal transport beside fossil fueled imports.