Multiculturalism

President Obama recently reminded us that Islamic extremism should not be criticized since it is no different than the barbaric acts committed during the Crusades or Inquisition in the name of Christ.  This is multiculturalism carried to the extreme.  In other words, we should accept barbaric acts committed by other cultures since we also committed them.

One of the more interesting aspects of humanity is its inability to remain moderate during difficult times.  It seems that we can remain civilized and follow a middle-of-the-road approach as long as the extremists are controlled.  But when the extremists have no consequences, then all hell breaks loose.

Extremists create more extremists.  Moderates have a difficult time existing during these times.  The extremist acts of Sunnis against Shiites and vice versa has been going on for decades without any hope for peace.  They will be seeking revenge against each other for the next hundred years.  And they want to drag the civilized countries into this environment.  Why?

Do you remember the story about the poor man who lived on the wrong side of the tracks who got in a fight with a rich man on the other side?  The poor man had nothing to lose, but the rich man lost everything when he was brought down to the poor man’s level when they both were incarcerated.

It certainly makes sense to respect all cultures, but it makes no sense to give cultures a free pass to behead others in the name of multiculturalism.  The beheading of Christians by Muslim extremists will create Christian extremists.

So what is the answer to extremism?  Well, all the civilized countries of the world, including those in the Middle East and Africa, should unite to form international anti-extremist cells that will arrest and bring to justice in a World Court all the extremists in the world.  These extremists typically are not fighting for a country, so these are not acts of war.  They are simply criminal acts, requiring arrests and criminal trials.  Since we are experiencing more international crimes, it might be beneficial to create a world-wide justice system to deal with these extremists.

If we allow the extremists to continue on without consequences, they eventually will obtain nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction and it will be too late.

Multiculturalism is perfectly acceptable as long as those from other cultures who commit crimes are held accountable by world police and international courts.  The downside is that this could play into the hands of totalitarian governments who would misuse this system to create a police state.  But as long as moderates are in control of this system, it will not only work, but it will provide fair consequences to extremists who break the law.

How Evil Are We?

How evil is homo sapiens sapiens?  If you have to ask that question, then the answer probably will not lead to a happy ending.  Of all the animal species, our species is most likely to make poor decisions based on lust, avarice, envy, anger, and other assorted motivational factors that we cannot seem to control.

Clearly, there are animal predators that attack and kill other animals for food or, in some cases, for sexual conquest; but man is a special predator who kills for revenge or for money or for hate.  As far as I know, no other animal reaches into the depths of evil like our species.  Other animals typically are busy with survival.

But man is a unique species who will even kill for no good reason at all.  Some people will kill just because they can.  They have absolutely no self control.  And there are many young adults who commit murders to prove themselves worthy of being gang members.  They also have no self control.  And there are others who kill because they are on drugs and out of control.  Again, there is no self control.

So, another question pops up on the screen:  how evil can we be?  Society generally has been able to impose punishments on renegade members who would not conform to laws that protect civilizations, but this is becoming problematic as we do not have sufficient police and prisons to accommodate the exponentially increasing numbers of society who have no self control.  Pride in being a good citizen has been eroded by drugs, alcohol, and illicit sex.  Pride in having a good job and being a model citizen has been eroded by a poor economy, poor education, poor parenting, and, of course, drugs, alcohol, and illicit sex.

In Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol,” the author reminded us to beware ignorance and want, but ignorance more than anything else.  All great civilizations should beware ignorance because that is what will destroy civilizations.  And, of course, poor economy, poor education, and poor parenting, along with drugs, alcohol, and sex have taken the entire world population down the path of ignorance.

Democracy and freedom will sink in a sea of ignorance.  Totalitarianism will replace governments throughout the world with an evil that cannot be imagined by most.  As bad as Hitler and Stalin were, they never reached world domination.  The next totalitarian government probably will control the world.

So, how evil can we be?  Well, we are going to find out.  And it will not be a pretty picture.