The question posed by citizens of a developing state had to do with defending it from “Islamist” spoilers and their thoughts about ultimate cultural programming, a path abhorred by all but themselves. My response:
” . . . a culture, any, I believe, IS its language, and its language contains ITS stories, ITS art, ITS theater, ITS dance, ITS customs, and most important and never to be displaced or replaced: ITS Literature. Books. Legends. Folk tales. Poems. Songs. IF the overlay of a colonizing or imperial or even religious culture — any — has dimmed the vibrancy of the expression of the earth through its evolving human complement, THEN one might consider taking a good, long, and shared elegiac journey through the past and reinstalling all that charms, delights, educates, informs, and refreshes the culture, rightly grounded, literally, to come in time and to become itself.
How is that for a different kind of “civilizational mission”?
My suggestion to you: reclaim in modern form the authentic heritage of the land.”
Also referenced in the conversation: American Transcendentalism and Vine Deloria, Jr.’s God is Red.
I’ve not wish to see English echoed in another language but, with peace, to enjoy the emergence of a reinvigorated foreign language, one more capable of serving the needs of cultural vibrancy born of the soil and coursing through the blood alive with it and in love with it too.
Let Colorado be Colorado, says I, and then may the people of every village and state revel in the mountains, plains, and rivers of their birth and ancestry.