posted on Mar, 25 2011 @ 03:49 PM
It's probably just me.
I can't find the connection between the much vaunted "melting pot" and the equally promoted "celebrating diversity". I mean, if we are to
"celebrate diversity", where does the melting pot come in? what's being melted, blended together? How does it maintain it's diversity in that
blend, if it's truly a blend to be?
Don't they call trying to hold two opposing viewpoints at the same time "cognitive dissonance"?
It looks to me like there's a choice to be made between integrating and maintaining your diversity, between constructing a culture and balkanizing
into a myriad of alternate cultures.
That ought not to be the only choices, and won't be if folks ever get it figured out. I've got my doubts that they ever will, human nature being
what it is.
It's not entirely impossible to maintain your own cultural traditions while integrating into the whole, but it'll never get done as long as everyone
thinks their race is supreme, and ought to prevail. That's not just a "white" thing. I've sen it in at least three other "races", and likely
more. Asians (in America) seem to have a grasp on how to make it work, but they, being able to make it work, don't impose that solution on the
And it seems the rest don't care to learn from them.
Think of it like a pie, an apple pie.
Diversity is tasting the cinnamon in the filling, noting the flavor the spices add in... Is your apple pie just apple, sugar, and flour?
Just because I melt chocolate into a mix doesn't mean the chocolate flavor is lost, its just added into the other flavors.
To hold this analogy, it remark and note a chocolate or cinnamon note in your cuisine is not 'cognitive dissonance". To remark that melting pot and
diversity can't be aspects of the same thing only denotes a limitation in your conceptions. Mine stretches quite well.
And to extend my metaphor - dutch apple or american style - it all taste good, even with a scoop or vanilla or tres leches ice cream added on top :-)
IN the end, its all pie..
My wife is generic American white girl (German, Irish, some other flavors added in) and she remarked that although the size of my family is a little
intimidating, the rest of us just talk and laugh and have fun like any other Mexican-American family. Except for size and loudness, it was just like
her own family.
You know what, I speak Spanish and English. i have been to places where little girls touched my skin to see if the color came off, and been the
target of discrimination all over, and care and consideration, too.
In the end, people just need to be decent to each other. Live and let live works in many circumstances. The more people quit striving for
'dominance' the better off we all end up.