From slaves to senators, we’re all human

17 November 2017

CEO Simon Haines in The Australian:

Terence, was one of the two great comic playwrights of Republican Rome. His most celebrated legacy is the line homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto: “I am human, so nothing human is alien to me.” … At the fledgling Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation, we think of our name as a rephrasing of Terence: civis sum, civilis nihil a me alienum puto. We are citizens, so nothing civilised is alien to us. But for many of our fellow citizens in the West — students, commentators, activists — everything civilised seems alien, barbarian, other.

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Nowadays, undergraduates are being taught prematurely to regard the poetic heritage as an oppressive imposition and to suspect it for its latent discriminations in the realm of gender, its privilegings and marginalizations in the realms of class and power. All of this suspicion may be salutary enough when it is exercised by a mind informed by that which it is being taught to suspect, but it is a suspicion which is lamentably destructive of cultural memory when it is induced in minds without any cultural possessions whatever. "
- Seamus Heaney