by Kung Fu Zu 10/9/17
I know it is not politically correct to admire Christopher Columbus and his “discovery” of the New World, but I am a die-hard believer in the greatness of the man and the importance of his work.
Today’s ignorant ideological leftist can only harp on, and magnify beyond recognition, the horrible things which came of Columbus’ discovery. He bangs the drum about the “genocide” of the indigenous peoples, as well as slavery. Yet he neglects to mention the increase in knowledge, expansion of freedom and growth in economic opportunities which came about due to the efforts and achievements of Columbus and others during the Age of Discovery.
More importantly, the leftist is unable or unwilling to give any context to his rhetoric. All of history is a story of the struggles between good and evil, cruelty and kindness, ignorance and knowledge and the striving for excellence versus wallowing in degradation. What is important for the understanding of any historical period or character, is to try and weigh the relative pros and cons in the context of the times and the human condition in general. That is the only way possible to come to an intelligent and honest understanding of the past. When one uses this method to evaluate the relative merits of Columbus, there should be no doubt that the balance of history tilts very positively to the credit of Christopher Columbus.
Happy Columbus Day!
(By the way, the day Columbus first sighted land in the New World was October 12, 1492. Today’s holiday is simply a bureaucratic invention so as to give government workers a long weekend. )
In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.
He sailed by night; he sailed by day;
He used the stars to find his way.
A compass also helped him know
How to find the way to go.
Ninety sailors were on board;
Some men worked while others snored.
Then the workers went to sleep;
And others watched the ocean deep.
Day after day they looked for land;
They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.
October 12 their dream came true,
You never saw a happier crew!
“Indians! Indians!” Columbus cried;
His heart was filled with joyful pride.
But “India” the land was not;
It was the Bahamas, and it was hot.
The Arakawa natives were very nice;
They gave the sailors food and spice.
Columbus sailed on to find some gold
To bring back home, as he’d been told.
He made the trip again and again,
Trading gold to bring to Spain.
The first American? No, not quite.
But Columbus was brave, and he was bright.
Kung Fu Zu is a conservative prognosticator who has traveled widely and lived outside the United States. He was born a little later than the 15th century but has indeed sailed the ocean blue a few times, if only in a jet. • (469 views)