Open your mind to new and wise thoughts from a life lived over eighty years. Access the books that initiate you into such thoughts, provided you can forget the author's bad choices. Everyone messes up once in a while.
The secret of Western Civilization, though elusive, seems to be the work of two men, Jesus Christ and St. Paul. If St. Paul had not spread the word of Christ, it would not have brought about the changes that transformed this foremost of civilizations.
Do you see Westerners trying to obliterate each other like Shiites and Sunnis? Do they kidnap 200 girls from a girls' school? The list goes on.
What we have today is the Judeo-Christian heritage that seeps even into secular life. May there be enough people to preserve it for posterity.