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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Racism Is The Most Natural Thing In The World




I don't mean that (the title) sarcastically at all: For most human beings,
racism comes so naturally, they don't even know they're racists.

Of course, being "natural" is not a synonym for being
good.


It's "only natural" that a man will forcibly take any woman who arouses
him. It's "only natural" that we steal whenever we're sure we won't get caught;
these behaviors are ubiquitous in the animal kingdom... and thank God we do the
unnatural thing in such cases!

Racism is simply tribalism, where the tribe is expanded to
encompass everyone of the same color or gross physiognomy.


Western civilization is powerfully anti-racist because it's
anti-tribalist
; it redefines the comfort-group to a set
determined by culture, not by skin color or facial features.


That is why Western Borg culture led the way towards the abolition of
racial slavery -- and why many non-Western cultures, particularly in Moslemdom,
still cannot understand what is wrong with that "peculiar institution."

(I use the term "Western Borg culture" because Western civilization is
so powerful and attractive that it assimilates every culture it comes into
contact with; resistance is futile.)

The song from South Pacific, "You've Got To Be Carefully Taught," has it
exactly backwards:

Racism is the default state; what must be carefully taught is
individualism: Not the I-me-mine kind of narcissism found in infants and
liberals, but the full-monty philosophy that other people are also individuals
deserving of as much respect and liberty as we, unless by their own actions they
forfeit that respect.


That philosophy is bizarre, unnatural, and incomprehensible to
very young children and very primitive peoples.


Fortunately, the economic version of individualism -- Capitalism -- is such
a powerful wealth producer that

(a) Western countries are rich enough to mandate liberty (subsistance
societies haven't the luxury), and
(b) the smell of money lures the primitive towards liberty, Capitalism, and
individualism by another completely natural deadly sin: Envy.

Thus does God -- if He exists -- turn even human failings to His own
purposes.
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