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It was luxuries like air conditioning that brought down the Roman Empire. With air conditioning their windows were shut, they couldn't hear the barbarians coming.
If the battle for civilization comes down to the wimps versus the barbarians, the barbarians are going to win.
Farming as we do it is hunting, and in the sea we act like barbarians.
Jacques Yves Cousteau
Only barbarians are not curious about where they come from, how they came to be where they are, where they appear to be going, whether they wish to go there, and if so, why, and if not, why not.
War is the business of barbarians.
Each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late.
Of course the barbarians' aim of world domination has not escaped the attention of the Europeans, perhaps because unlike us they are closer to the walls.
I've always been fascinated by the Norsemen, their lives, history and cosmology. The more we study them the more interesting they become... breaking their own stereotypes. We usually think of them as barbarians, but there were aspects to their society that shows a tremendous level of civilization, sophistication and social advance.
Just what is it that academics have to fear if they stand up for common decency, instead of letting campus barbarians run amok?
Unlike Europe, China can't be intimidated. Europe backs down if the United States looks at it the wrong way. But China, they've been there for 3,000 years and are paying no attention to the barbarians and don't see any need to.
Gambling is a disease of barbarians superficially civilized.
The most successful hyperpowers are the ones where there was actual intermixing. Tang dynasty China was China's golden age, and contrary to what I was told when I was growing up, Tang China was founded by a man who by today's standards was no more than half Chinese. It was a mixed-blood dynasty that pulled in 'barbarians' from the steppe.
No race of barbarians ever existed yet offered up children for money.
But Paul, in his preaching of the Gospel, is a debtor to deliver the word not to Barbarians only, but also to Greeks, and not only to the unwise, who would easily agree with him, but also to the wise.
Our society distributes itself into Barbarians, Philistines and Populace; and America is just ourselves with the Barbarians quite left out, and the Populace nearly.
However, while the Nazi barbarians and their collaborators threatened the entire world, I could not accept his philosophy and, after several earlier attempts, was finally accepted into the Canadian Infantry Corps during the last year of World War II.
Barbarians always think of themselves as the bringers of civilization.
If the Barbarians are destroyed, who will we then be able to blame for the bad things?
Here in Canada, in the Western world, we are inside the walls. Outside the walls are the barbarians.
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