The Pros And Cons Of Monasticism

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To us, it is obvious that Monasticism made massive contributions to society after the fall of the Western Roman Empire. As Western Europe was in lawless chaos, monasteries were beacons of peace and discipline. Monks who were drawn in by the core tenants of monasticism (Serenity, Order, and Self-Sufficiency), and those who were talented in reading/writing became monastic scribes. These scribes wrote down copies of any literature they could get their hands on (both religious and secular) as well as daily happenings. This seemingly useless task ensured the preservation of western history and culture, as the several copies the monks made a huge difference, because the Royal Library of Alexandria along with the other libraries that were torched
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