When Diversity Reigns Supreme
One of the unfortunate realities we increasingly face is that the secular West is ideologically bankrupt. The vault is empty and bare. Or, to change metaphors, there ain't no juice left in the tank. As a consequence, Western leaders are becoming dumb and dumber by the day.
Take the unfortunate case of the German Federal Integration Commissioner, Aydan Özoğuz profiled in the previous blog post. This worthy is arguing that because diversity is the cultural principle governing all other laws in Germany there is no such thing as "German" culture into which all must integrate. The deep culture of Germany is multi-Kultur. To be German is to be different from other Germans. Therefore, no-one need integrate into anything: all that is required to be German is to live out one's own peculiar beliefs and practices.
Writing in Tagesspiegel, the Commissioner denounced the debate over Leitkultur (meaning ‘dominant’ or ‘guiding culture’) — in which conservative politicians have suggested migrants should assimilate to a shared set of cultural values — as “ridiculous and absurd”.We are told that Chancellor Merkel has lustily clapped and cheered on this tom foolery. We wonder in passing whether the Integration Commissioner understands what she is saying. Probably not.
“And no wonder, because it’s simply not possible to identify any sort of culture that’s specific to Germany beyond the language. “Even historically, it is regional cultures, immigration and diversity that have had a bigger role in shaping our history.” Globalisation, and the ongoing transformation of Germany into a society of ever increasing numbers of different peoples and lifestyles, “leads to diversity being amplified and multiplied further”, Özoğuz added.