A few weeks ago, I was listening to one of Bob Edwards’ final shows on Sirius. He was interviewing someone who had written a new book about The Odyssey. I caught only the last 10 minutes, and it was really good. One comment stood out. The auth0r noted that the Greeks’ worldview meant that they focused on today and resolving issues in this life. They didn’t focus on an afterlife. He mused about what it would have been like if the Greek worldview had prevailed over the Judeo-Christian worldview with its focus on an afterlife and concentrating your efforts there instead of in the present.
I’m not trying to get into a debate about pros and cons of various religious and political systems, but the big “what if” is fascinating. How would Western Civilization and the world be different if history’s victors had not prevailed? Would it be better? Or would it be a case of different POV, different problems? I suspect the latter, but it’s intriguing to do these mind exercises.
Are there any historical events about which you speculate how things could have turned out differently? Could that sentence be clunkier?