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That's like refusing bread because of all the holes in it. Yes, there are gaps within the goodness of human civilization, but outside it, things were typically much worse!

Surely you don't think the society we live in would be possible without having gone through the very real process of developing a civilization? It's hard to judge their actions by today's morality.

The important point is that the transmission of humanistic writing formed the basis for the enlightenment -- and the moral values of modern society.

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