Posted by Petra on July 09, 1998 at 23:43:59:
In Reply to: Re: history and speculations posted by Tom on July 09, 1998 at 22:14:55:
Hi, Tom - gotcha', huh? I knew it was provoking, it was just tickling in my fingers to write that last night, but they are my honest opinions, just a tiny little bit exaggerated, maybe.
On the world politics thing, I'm reluctant to continue this here, thinking of this board's purpose, we might risk a slap on the head. Maybe by e-mail? I'll just say that I'm quite appreciative of the US as a country, especially since I'm from a country that committed the greatest crimes one can think of and brought about such destruction - Germany. But the thought of a world without the powerful presence you mention is not at all frightening to me, and you might be surprised just to how many people around the world it isn't either.
I love diversity, just like you do, and I would never say "Europe for the Europeans." Mixing cultures is great, and not only America has become what it is by mixing cultures. It's the history of the world, there is no such thing as a pure, unmixed culture. What I was talking about was something else: Immigrants who don't come to mix with and become part of the existing culture, but who come to create islands of their own culture and language and who WANT to stay separate, who reject the culture of the place they come to, and whose cultural islands grow together and push everything else aside. Would you want or accept such developments today? This, by the way, is what many, especially Republicans, worry about here in the West with regard to Spanish-speaking immigrants. Personally, I think they worry too much, because I don't see things happening the way they see it. But if there were a different culture totally taking over an existing one in the way I described it above, then I could certainly understand such fears.
Yes, I regard all the Ingalls of American pioneer times, along with miners and other ordinary people, as those who were ultimately responsible for the tragedies of destroyed or suppressed cultures and murdered nations, even if they were not "maliciously grinning".
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