No matter how advanced science and technology are? If they are always lost, what is the use of civilization? No matter how brilliant the architectures are, If they always turn into scorched earth at the end, it can only arouse people’s sadness. No matter how prosperous the culture is? If it will only leave behind a stretch of ruins, besides the heart-wrenching pain, what else can they do? If we are always immersed in the glory of our ancestors’ old papers, how is it different from a child of a broken family showing off their ancestors’ wealth in the street? Some people think that these existing buildings, technology, and culture are also civilizations, but I think these have nothing to do with civilization. Are these things that can not be passed down civilization?
In sharp contrast to China, the British Library has a collection of more than 10 million books and 150000 manuscripts, many of which are ancient and rare books since the middle ages. It can be said that over the past 1000 years, British books and cultural materials have been preserved almost intact. All British culture and civilization are in possession of the British Library, almost no one lost. What a proud thing it is. For more than a thousand years, except for the invasion of Vikings in the 9th and 10th centuries, the three British islands had basically not been invaded by foreign nations. There were few civil wars in themselves. Though wars broke out accidentally, all were between professional soldiers. It rarely destroys religious and cultural facilities such as churches, monasteries, and schools. It was universally condemned that Cromwell’s Puritan army stationed in the church. It can prove that no other greater damage happened .⑤ Westminster Hall, the seat of the British Parliament, was built in the 12th century and renovated in the 18th century, but the main structure has been preserved for nearly 900 years. Any British parliamentarian who speaks in Westminster Hall should have a heavy sense of mission and pride. On the same podium, countless sages address generously, from Henry II to Henry V of sweeping France, the holy Queen Elizabeth, the king of Parliament Pym, Cromwell, William Pitt, Churchill, etc. Britain’s history is continuous; it has been passed on to these parliamentarians today. The white tower, the main building of the Tower of London, was built in the 11th century and remains intact. Although it covers only about 1000 square meters, it is far from being compared with the Forbidden City and the Old Summer Palace, let alone the legendary Epang Palace in Dynasty Qin of China. However, as a building in the heart of London, as a power center like Westminster Hall, it is completely preserved, representing the inheritance of culture and the continuation of civilization. I think the civilization that can be inherited is real civilization. But how can civilization be inherited?⑥
① It is quoted from the conflict of civilizations and the reconstruction of world order, published by Xinhua Publishing House, written by Samuel Huntington, translated by Zhou Qi, Liu Fei, Zhang Liping and Wang Yuan, pages 19-27
② Quoted from China’s super stable feudal society, published by Law Press, Jin Guantao, 182-193 pages
③ Quoted from the complete works of Li Taibai, written by Li Bai, people’s Literature Publishing House
④ Reference from network
⑤ Quoted from Cromwell, the Lord Protector, New York Grove Press, Antonia Fraser
⑥ Quoted from Wikipedia