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Seeing the World from Both Oculars-- a Bananaslug's Journal

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Today is the day we celebrate the victory of a Romanized Briton who escaped from slavery and conquered Ireland with a book. And it is a fantastic story, too. If you have not read How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill, you need to. If not for the monastic establishments Patrick's spiritual decendants created in Western Europe, it is likely that civilization as we know it, and love it, might not have survived. And although there is a very vocal school of thought that says it might have been better if western civilization had not survived, I don't agree, and neither does anybody else saved by modern medicine or science.