Baffled Good Will

Today I was looking for the origin of this quotation, which I’ve seen on several sites:

“The concept of envy — the hatred of the superior — has dropped out of our moral vocabulary … The idea that white Christian civilization is hated more for its virtues than its sins doesn’t occur to us, because it’s not a nice idea. … Western man towers over the rest of the world in ways so large as to be almost inexpressible. It’s Western exploration, science, and conquest that have revealed the world to itself. Other races feel like subjects of Western power long after colonialism, imperialism, and slavery have disappeared. The charge of racism puzzles whites who feel not hostility, but only baffled good will, because they don’t grasp what it really means: humiliation. The white man presents an image of superiority even when he isn’t conscious of it. And, superiority excites envy. Destroying white civilization is the inmost desire of the league of designated victims we call minorities.” –Joseph Sobran (Sobran’s — April 1997)

The Sobran’s newsletter has a website, but apparently this essay isn’t online yet. I wanted to read the whole thing because obviously this man understood what’s really going on, and it can’t be understood without taking this into account. And that “baffled good will” is certainly something every well-meaning white has felt.

This made me think about the white urge to explore – physically explore the entire world, mentally explore the universe and history and even the beyond. I decided to see if other races have exhibited the same curiosity about the world in general. After a few searches, I found Wikipedia’s list of great explorers.

And the list shows exactly what I would have predicted: a lot of white men, a couple of Arabs, and a few Chinese. American Indians? None. Aborigines? None. Africans? None.

I wouldn’t be surprised if there were a few more Chinese and Japanese who wandered the world who aren’t on this list, but so far as I have been able to determine, no member of those other races ever looked at the horizon and thought, “I have got to find out what’s past that.” And they certainly can’t chalk that up to racism. Africans who had never encountered anybody but other Africans didn’t have whitey telling them they couldn’t accomplish things, that only white people could explore, but they didn’t do it anyway.

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