SEARCH BLOG: TRIBALISM or DIVERSITY
Pat Buchanan offered this up yesterday (his site may be having problems - 1/5):
In the presence of [ethnic] diversity, we hunker down. We act like turtles. The effect of diversity is worse than had been imagined. And it’s not just that we don’t trust people who are not like us. In diverse communities, we don’t trust people who do(n't?) look like us.Two years ago, I wrote a little piece on tribes... tribalism, if you will... and territorial imperative. It's one of those aspects of human organization that seems to be ingrained in us. It's partially about how people look, but even more about how they behave. People who do not share our behaviors are people we don't trust and don't want around us. So western Europeans distrust eastern Europeans (although they might look very similar naked) because behaviors (external manifestations of values?) are different.
—Harvard professor Robert D. Putnam
Othello may have been an attractive curiosity to Venetians, but millions of illegal immigrants into southwestern U.S. are viewed as an invasion... and they know they are viewed with antagonism so that reinforces their behavior of ethnic isolation which reinforces the antagonism.
Unfortunately, the modern gospel of diversity that is so ubiquitously preached... pounded... at us in the press and other media, magnifies the differences. The old idea of assimilation has been pushed aside in favor of emphasizing differences. This simply plays into distrust... and bad social policies. Joining used to be a valuable goal. Now separation is seen as valuable... we need the (fill-in-the-blank) perspective.
Instead of a national identity, we seek divergence... and we get fragmentation.