Monthly Archives: January 2015
Have you ever wondered why the ‘movers and shakers’ of public opinion, in particular the left leaning, are simultaneously defending such diverse, incongruous, and potentially explosive causes as gay marriage and Islamic immigration to the West?
I know that bloggers and commentators have written often on each of these (and more) social issues, but did you know that there is a common worldview that links them all, despite their seeming disparity?
One needs to go back to the roots of the mindset shift of competing cultures up to the 19th Century, to the mindset of multiculturalism in the late 20th to try to understand exactly what is emerging in our time.
Up till around WW2 cultures saw themselves as just that, a group/nation held together by common values and beliefs, most often with a religion at the moral core.
But by then Rousseau’s theories of ‘human goodness,’ a core plank of modern humanism, had taken root in Western tertiary education. Men and women are all good at the core, all we need to do now is to take away the external drivers that cause crime and conflict. These external drivers were as diverse as religion, hunger, poverty, culture, love of country, and so on.
After WW2 humanism was the premise that undergirded pretty much all tertiary education. And so the result was the almost universal acceptance of multiculturalism over the following decades in the West. All we needed to do was to mix black and white and yellow; Hindi, Muslim and Christian together and out of this would come a new utopia where we would all admire each other’s diversity and, well, just ‘get along’ as the anthem to multiculturalism words it.
No, the anthem is not ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon, though that could be a contender. The anthem to the age of wishful thinking is ‘Melting Pot’ by Blue Mink.
What we need is a great big melting pot
Big enough, enough, enough to take the world and all its got
And keep it stirring for a hundred years or more
And turn out coffee coloured people by the score
Truly, music is the popular philosophy of our age.
But finally, to consequences; we have stirred the melting pot for 60 years now. How is it going? Could we contemplate a gay march through a Paris ZUS (Urban Sensitive Zone – code for dangerous for non-Muslims, including the police)? What of Gay Rights in some of the cities that are approaching majority Muslim status in Europe this decade?
Finally, does culture matter? What does the evidence say to you?
One further word needs to be explored to round out this subject – truth. But that fragile and battered friend will have to wait for another blog for my defence of him.
The saying “The pen is mightier than the sword” originates with playwright Edward Bulwer-Lytton in his historical play Cardinal Richelieu (1839). Richelieu, chief minister to King Louis XIII, discovers a plot to kill him, but as a priest he is unable to take up arms against his enemies. His page, Francois, points out: But now, at your command are other weapons, my good Lord. Richelieu agrees: The pen is mightier than the sword… Take away the sword; States can be saved without it!
Note the origin of this saying that has become something of a truism over the decades. A play, a fiction, a hearts desire.
But is it true?
Sadly today it seems not, for if the drawing of Mohamed cartoons were indeed the ‘pen,’ then the sword of Islam has silenced that pen, for although Charlie Hebdo fights on, none of the MSM are willing to employ the pen in this battle, choosing instead a stark form of Dhimmitude (Associated Press said “We Won’t Use ‘Deliberately Provocative’ Images), and our governments are taking great pains to reassure us that the work of these terrorists ‘has nothing to do with Islam.’
The graphic shows the optimism that the pen is indeed mightier than the sword and will rise again to do battle.
But the pen lies not broken in this instance. it lies limp and untouched, so how can it win in this battle?