It’s Columbus Day, which led to the following thought.
1) I suppose we can all agree that the European settlers committed immorality on a massive scale–the word ‘genocide,’ which is not used lightly, is often used to sum up the European program with respect to Native Americans.
2) Now if we agree that the European settlers did very, very bad things, then it seems we should also claim that it would have better, morally speaking, had they not done these things.
3) It’s very plausible to think, however, that if the settlers hadn’t done these terrible things we would not have been born–our parents probably wouldn’t have met, or conceived us at the same time, etc.
4) Thus, it’s very plausible to think that we owe our very existence to past atrocities, that we wouldn’t have existed were it not for these past atrocities.
5) Perhaps this is a secular version of “Original Sin.”