Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Diversity / Python Nation

Excerpt from one of my posts from earlier today (I added some hyperlinks for the blogged edition):
A lot of people go by "hurt feelings" as their guide and naturally aim for
a world, by whatever means necessary, wherein their feelings are
better protected. A kind of truce is trucked out: "I promise to not
hurt your feelings if you promise not to hurt mine". Those who apparently
continue to hurt others feelings are in abrogation of this truce and are
worthy of punishment to make them stop.

There's an imperiousness to this however, in that you will look for
and expect people to automatically change their behavior when
they see you're offended. The missionary shows up and is offended
that people are not covered up, not modest, in the way God ordains.
Will there be consequences if the locals refuse to modify their
dress codes? What if they continue to school their young in how
to use various weapons? Does it hurt your feelings that they won't
accept the new edicts (e.g. the so-called "Bremer Edicts" in Iraq --
which hardly anyone remembers anymore).

What offends people *a lot* is when they are not *obeyed*. They
may feel deeply hurt, quivering lip and everything, because the
servant says "no, I must take care of my sick child".

The flip side of "you must not hurt my feelings" is "you must obey
my will, within reason" (but who defines "reason"?).

So, yeah, I'm very suspicious of ethnicities that use "hurt feelings"
as a guide. Americans do this a lot, but they inherit so much from
those Anglo-Euros when it comes to an imperial mindset. Not a
good guide for the future. Behind those "hurt feelings" is a
hypocritical willingness to use force. They whine they're not
getting enough health care, but are in no hurry to stop manufacturing
drones and cruise missiles, and using those on others, because
that means jobs jobs jobs. I wonder how we might use Python to
further reduce the influence of such people.