25 February 2007

Dis-Integrating

In an earlier post, I mentioned the idea of dis-integration of cultures as a method to foster the peaceful coexistence of those cultures. If groups of people cannot live in the same space without feeling violent animosity towards each other, then perhaps separation is the best answer.

Now in all honesty, I do not think that dis-integration will ever happen. People of all races and religions have roots interwoven by family, forefathers and friends which would make mass uprooting and moving impractical, not to mention inhumane. But if people are to remain integrated, in a cultural heterogeneous mix, there must be some common ground uniting them, encompassing all people (or as many as possible) within the geographic confines of a nation.

America seems at times to have developed into a cultural-political bi-polar manic-depressive. Fueled by mass media, sound-bite attention spans (or the assumption thereof), and ever polarizing party politics, it seems that many issues have become black or white. Or perhaps issues have become this way for simplicity’s sake; not for the benefit of discussion, but for the dividing and conquering of thought.

At some point, America must overcome the seemingly abysmal division which has come about from sides (more than two) clinging relentlessly to politically dogmatic visions of the world, and indeed of ourselves. Just as America will lose any war it believes it cannot win, America can become the greatest danger to the world if it convinces itself that it, in fact, is.

Perhaps the most troubling dis-integration in America at the moment is the one taking place in the forum of ideas. It may also be the most dangerous.

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