Dawn After Dark
According to Rene Huyghe, throughout human history, any given society of human beings has functioned with little interest in what lay beyond its reach other than its needs for survival. Dismissive of customs and beliefs encountered outside its own, often one society attempted to force its values on another. Only in relatively recent times, in an increasingly global society, have we begun to recognize the critical density of the problems that have shadowed us throughout history.
“The best way to obtain an overall view,” Huyghe writes, “is, surely, to bring together and compare ways of thought from opposite sides of the world.”