… In search of some reading material to make it through a torrential weekend, I chanced upon a book in my humble collection entitled, ‘Conversations with Isaiah Berlin.’ Since, like many people, I have been pondering the fate of Western civilization as it passes through a period of tumultuous social and political upheaval, the words on the page I had randomly opened to almost knocked me clean out of my chair.
“Solitude doesn’t mean that you live far from other people. It means that people don’t understand what you are saying.”
Eureka! The dilemma of enforced multiculturalism summed up in two sentences.
Berlin was quoting a friend, a native of the Balkans, who had sought refuge in the United Kingdom some forty years earlier. Although the émigré spoke perfect English, it was not nearly enough to fully assimilate into his new culture. There were simply too many other layers of separation that prevented him from being understood on the most fundamental level by his gracious hosts. It wasn’t his fault, or his host’s; it’s just the way it is.
The quote succinctly describes the quandary facing Western man as he is expected to absorb – with absolutely no say in the matter – millions of people from faraway lands with very distinct and different backgrounds. Although it has become politically impolite to even raise the question, can people with dramatically different religions, cultures, manners and language find any real sense of ‘home’ amongst those who could be considered ‘blood strangers’?
The conversation in the book turned to the German philosopher, Johann Gottfried Herder (1704-1803), who is said to have anticipated later luminaries, including Fichte, Hegel, Otto von Bismarck and many others. So what could a man who lived over 200 years ago possibly teach modern men in these turbulent times? As it turns out quite a lot.
Herder was one of the first thinkers to acknowledge that belonging to a community or tribe is a basic human requirement, just as vital as eating, drinking and shelter. And as it turns out, full membership in the tribe has its privileges.
As Berlin explained, “For [Herder] ‘to belong’ means that people understand what you say without your having to embark on explanations, that your gestures, words, all that enters into communication, is grasped, without mediation by the members of your society.”
Having lived in Moscow for many years, I quickly recognized this ‘gift’ among the Russian people. The society is homogenized to such a high degree through many factors, including literature, history, customs and traditions that total strangers are able to freely strike up conversation with each other as though they have been friends since childhood. And in some ways they are. Dialogue is filled with references to national literature, history and quite a few salty anecdotes that require no explaining (or apologies). At the same time, expressions, mannerisms and idioms are all part and parcel of the ‘Russian experience.’ The stultifying effect of political correctness is unheard of; the Russians poke fun of themselves – and others – with a healthy abandon. This high degree of comprehension and cohesion between people of a similar background – whether they are citizens of Russia, China, Israel or Mexico – allows for the smooth functioning of society where communication between the people flows naturally and easily.
If he were alive today, Herder would certainly have some choice words for countries like the UK, Germany, Sweden and France over their ‘open society’ philosophy, first popularized by Karl Popper and put into action by the financier George Soros, but not out of any innate nationalism or xenophobia (in fact, Herder condemned nationalists of all colors), but because such a program would destroy the vital “group electricity” of the community that is required for a nation to remain a viable force. Berlin used the example of a native of a Portuguese attempting to live like a German….
Those who are not familiar with the history of western foreign policy in the “disadvantaged world” and how the same aristocratic class which brought about these nightmares are in total control of the media which concealed such operations from their viewers/readers, may not see the agenda behind the media’s campaign to integrate the resultant refugees into the west. The entire world is to be a plantation for the uber-wealthy. The shock doctrine on steroids. The western middle class is the last impediment to global tyranny.
Communities are organic structures, grown from the ground up based on human-to-human interactions, and where two communities interface, the boundary is bridged by the same slow organic process. Throwing two herds together of different cultural and religious backgrounds who don’t even speak the same language is a recipe for disruption, not cohesion. And where the refugee herd has some dim understanding of who is behind their plight (which is not the other herd, btw, but the corrupt institutions which claim to represent them) it’s a recipe for a social explosion. Which is precisely what it’s intended to do. Divide and conquer. The agenda is destabilization to impose political impotence on both groups.
The mass manufacture of trans-gendered people via endocrine disruption and vaccine DNA manipulation of fetuses and children fits right into this agenda. Unless of course that’s just an accident, in which case you can go back to sleep.