Hegelian perspective

Philosophy can grasp the truth of a culture, however, only when the culture has matured enough so that what the absolute has revealed to it has finally become clear. But by this time, says Hegel, it is too late for the society to change. Hegel makes this point in these lines in which he refers to the owl which was a symbol of Minerva, the Roman Goddess of wisdom. And the dusk, in this context defines lateness.