posted on May, 17 2004 @ 11:03 AM
Originally posted by CommonSense
Unfortunately, this will precipitate the great decline in our land. There was an earlier post about past great cultures accepting homosexuality
equally with being straight, mind telling us what happened with those cultures? No, this is a very sad day for us.
A few anthropology courses might clear this up for you. The fact is, that the "one-man, one woman" form of marriage is an aberration in human
culture and only a recent development.
Most cultures practiced polygamy (one man with a harem) and many of those cultures (Islam) are around and thriving today. A few (Inuit, Inupiyat,
among them) practiced polygyny where one woman has several husbands. They're still around and no wrathful deity whacked their culture or their
civilization (this practice is more than a thousand years old.)
Older and more tolerant civilizations blended and merged with newer ones... the Greeks, if you'll note, are still around and Athens is still a city
(as is Sparta.) The Japanese are still here, and the Polynesians (where bisexuality is a norm and not an aberration) seem to be doing just fine.
Visit any of the Pacific rim nations and states if you need confirmation.
If you judge it from cultural longevity, the one-man/one-woman marriage states and nations haven't lasted as long as some of the other emprires.
Take Sparta, for instance (where it was an accepted cultural practice and almost every warrior had a younger male lover). Sparta was a major force
from about the 6th century BC to around the first century AD:
and lasted for another three centuries after that... so around 800 years.
Compare and contrast that with the Christian Merovingians (with fluctuating borders, lasted around 200 years)
Or any of the European colonial attempts on America (lasted much shorter time than the Native American cultures which DID accept homosexuality)
...and so on and so forth. Take a little time to look at hisotry and all the ephemeral civilizations. You'll find that the practices varied so
greatly that you can't finger one particular cultural practice as being "responsible" for bringing down a civilization.
...and you'll find that America has had a much shorter lifetime than many other nations and that even Christian nations fold and go away.