Thoughts on Diversity
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The Future of Western Culture –Part 3: Diversity.
Mark Steyn suggests that, as a vanishing culture, western culture should ask the ever important question: “what do you leave behind?” This is a very important question because it assumes a belief that we have something of which we can be proud that should be preserved, a cultural gift to pass on to future humanity, if you will.
That’s the problem “diversity” presents to western culture.
Steyn gives the example of the Kadr family who betrayed their country (Canada) by killing Canadian, American and possibly Pakistani soldiers though their involvement with Al-Qaeda. The youngest son, being paralyzed in the shoot out with Pakistanis returned “home” to Canada and, along with his mother, demanded [vs. begged for] their rights to health care.
Here’s the amazing thing. According to Steyn, Canada’s prime minister took the boy’s claim on health care as “an excellent opportunity to demonstrate his own deep personal commitment to “Diversity.”
Steyn quotes the prime minister: “I believe that once you are a Canadian citizen, you have the right to your own views and to disagree.”
If Steyn represents this accurately, the prime minister is an example of a man who’s lost his way…and of a culture that’s lost confidence in itself, and the gifts it offers to the future. The problem with “diversity ” is that it is based on “tolerance”. Tolerance as it is practiced in the west can be defined as being so open minded that your brains fall out.
With all due respect to Al Gore, the health of the environment is not the greatest danger to humanity. Human evil is our greatest threat. Multiculturalism, diversity, and tolerance are words too often used to make us feel enlightened while leading us to act foolishly.
What do you think?
TOP POST OF THE DAY: Mark Hoelterhoff writing from Lithuania
Title: The Church’s New Address
Date of Post: January 14, 2006
Mark, Congratulations on an outstanding post. Everyone should read it for perspective.
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