Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Simultaneous Celebration Of Nothing And Everything


Did you know that today, June 27, is Multiculturalism Day? At least, it's been so designated by the cultural imperialists of the Multicultural Culture. In my own less privileged culture, today, June 27, was once known as Kieslowski Day. We are seething with rage about this preemption. The multicultural culture has co-opted this day for its own purposes.

My culture comprises the traditions, beliefs, and traditional tribal hatreds of the billions of cells that form my physical body. We will not be denied our ancient, honourable ways.

My people's Multiculturalism Day celebrations involve being actively non-multicultural. What infuriates my people the most is that, paradoxically, this only serves to make us the purest devout multiculturalists possible. On this day, we take every opportunity to promulgate the ways of our people as superior to the stupid and boring traditions of all others -- for example, the random nonsense that you happen to practice or hold to. You really take that stuff seriously? Ha ha ha!

From some unenlightened, uneducated, blinkered points of view this is bigotry. But with every spat out mouthful of weird food and every mocked traditional dance step, we find ourselves becoming more multicultural than ever. In fact, against our own desires, we provide a vital contribution to the great mosaic by showing that multiculturalism can stretch beyond the limitations imposed upon it by the self-privileging cultural imperialism of official multicultural culture.

It drives my people mad to become ever more multicultural the more we despise other cultures, like an ant struggling to escape a Venus Fly Trap but only stimulating it to close faster. Our resentment blinds us. We only know and care that these are our traditions. You will show respect. At very least, you will be silent and endure our traditional contempt for your most important values (snigger), without exposing your bigotry and hatred by engaging in culturally inappropriate, ignorant contradiction of this evaluation.

Sheila Copps is among those celebrating my people's tradition of not celebrating other peoples' traditions. She also celebrates the other, inferior traditions that combine with my own to make up our mosaic of touchiness.

For the past five years, this day has been designated as Canadian Multiculturalism Day, the bridge between historic and modern Canada.
So go ahead and celebrate celebrating or not celebrating multiculturalism. Or don't. Or, if you've been educated to the point of being able to hold two mutually contradictory ideas in your head at once, then really get into the spirit of the day and do both! Good times. Come on!

Dr Sanity:
Why... would universal brotherhood--or even peaceful coexistence for that matter--result from a dogma that is antithetical to the concept of the universalism of human experience that is the bedrock of civilization; and instead glorifies culturalnand tribal differences, no matter how insane or irrational, violent or destructive are the cultural practices or beliefs that bring about those differences?

Multiculturalism teaches that what is truly important above all else is belonging to one's sexual, racial, ethnic, or religious identity, and not that one also belongs to the family of humankind. If the former is held superior, then "social withdrawal" from community and a pervasive distrust of other groups follows quite naturally.

The only "universal" that is shared under such circumstances is a committment to disharmony and, lurking beneath the overt moral relativism, is a grandiose sense of entitlement from each group as it jockeys for postion in the victimhood status heirarchy.

1 Comment:

Alice the Camel said...

Bring back Kieslowski Day.