Saturday, August 18, 2007

We are terribly, terribly sorry!

What with cannibals appologising for eating Methodist missionaries early this week well, HERE'S another one.

The Danish Minister of Culture has apologized for Viking raids conducted centuries before his birth, or that of any other living Dane.The explosion of collective guilt is a bad sign. Everyone's supposed to feel horribly ashamed of things that happened centuries ago, but complain about "guilt trips" if someone points out their own failings.

saturno tip New Roving Medievalist


Philip Andrews said...

It's pathetic. I don't understand this mentality.

DilexitPrior said...

Are you not familiar with Pope John Paul II's public appologies on behalf of the whole Church from Ash Wednesday in the Jubilee year? Your thoughts?

Henry said...

Why should anyone mind having a bit of Viking blood anyway, even if it got there by rape and pillage?

Are you sure it wasn't tongue in cheek or intend to ridicule the whole idea of apologising for things that happened thousands of years ago?

John said...

I agree with philip andrews.
No one can apologise for me. If I wrong someone then I am the only one who should apologise. If I have not wronged someone then I do not apologise for the wrong I have not done.And neither should anyone else apologise for me.
There are calls here in Australia for apologies to be made to the Aborigines for "The Stolen Generation. In case you do not know what that is about, Children were taken from their parents (Aboriginal) and placed in Orphanages in order to give the child the education and training (particularly in hygene) which the child would not otherwise get. This practice ceased decades ago. Now we have the situation in which many very young Aborigines are sexually molested within their tribal communities, usually by tribal elders, and the Police have had to be sent into these communities to end this widespread abuse. That is seen as a paternalistic intrusion by a white government, over-riding the rights of these communities.
When the children were removed this sex abuse did not happen!!
You're damned if you do and damned if you don't!
Either way, I do not want any government of mine apologising on my behalf for something which I never did!
Nor did I want Pope JP II apologising on behalf of the Church for the Inquisition or the Crusades. I actually think that basically they were good ideas. But they are history, and nothing whatever to do with me.