Monday, December 19, 2005


We have been hearing and debating for quite a while about Greece being the most racist and xenophobic country in Europe. The European Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) that came up with this results posed a series of questions and statements. I thought it might be interesting to hear peoples answers to the questions rather than just the figures. CULTURAL DIVERSITY Read the following statements: It is better for a country if almost everyone share customs and traditions It is better for a country if there is a variety of different religions Which do you agree with and which do you disagree with? (You can agree or disagree with both) Please take the time to write a bit about why you respond in the way you chose. I am not interested in repeating the original survey, so this is open to people of all nationalities, anywhere in the world. I would like to hear what people really feel about these issues. Not just a series of statistics.

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At 12/20/2005 03:52:00 PM, Blogger Omni said...

I think it's important to have diversity, because without it people who are different are forced to change rather than being allowed to create, and new ideas, the life-blood of successful cultures, are discouraged.

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At 12/20/2005 09:57:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is better for a country if almost everyone share customs and traditions

It is better for a country if there is a variety of different religions

This also brings to mind the question of how much, if any, distinction there is between religion and 'customs and traditions.'

Assuming there is no significant distinction intended, I would say that the correct answer, though I would prefer to be a moderate on this debate, is that it is better to share customs and traditions.

Religious diversity, while not automatically destined to cause strife in a country, has the potential to create great harm, partially as the result of the close connection people feel to their religion. There would exist reasons, at least to some people, for animosity, having to do with perceived sacrileges and religiously inspired discriminations, among other failings of mutual respect and tolerance that a person could, I suppose, name.

I do not oppose religious diversity, as I believe peoples' freedom in such matters surpass what might be the logically probable negative outcomes of not having a single and overwhelmingly popular religion. But I shall not be disingenuous; where accord in traditions and customs exist, the potential for societal harm is lower than in religiously diverse nations. What might come, though, is, as a result of less immersion in a diverse cultural setting, a weaker than what might be called normal level of tolerance, sympathy and understanding by the peoples of homologous soceties. Such peoples would have a cultural understanding deficit. That could affect foreign relations and peace negotiation a great deal.

But, within country, and putting the negative consequences pertaining to outward relations aside, I do feel soceties are inherently safer without diversity of religion, as religions contain within them elements, or peoples interpretations of them, that give people reasons to hate and abuse.

At 12/21/2005 12:02:00 AM, Blogger Mike said...

During the Ottoman rule of ‘Greece’ it was probably good (for Greece) that ethnic Greeks had one basic culture (of course, there never had been a ‘Greece’, as such). So, sometimes, one culture can be a strong unifying bond.

However, times change. I think it’s good to share a culture. I like to share in other cultures, and I’m happy to share my culture with others. So long as there’s a bit of mutual respect going round, no problem.

A variety of different religions? Hm, let’s go for Christianity. Is that Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Church of England? Presbyterian or United Reform? Or what about Methodist? Sure I’ve missed a few out there - sorry guys, no offence intended.

Without any doubt, one culture, one religion is essential, and it must be enforced through the legal system.

And that is Blairism - politically-correct capitalism.

Thanks, but I think I’ll opt for diversity.

At 12/21/2005 10:22:00 PM, Anonymous Fergus said...

Seriously, fuck off!!! Go to America or somewhere else in the western hemisphere if you want multiculturalism. I think you'll find that multiculturalism is less popular than you may think. Europeans have shed blood for their flags for centuries and newcomers should respect the traditions of their adopted countries. If I want to see other cultures and traditions I'll travel. Cheers and Happy Christmas

At 12/22/2005 01:19:00 AM, Blogger Mike said...

Fergus! Who were you referring to? I've got a pretty good idea how popular multiculturalism is. Many countries, not just in Europe, have shed blood for their culture and heritage, although I quite agree with you - newcomers should respect their host countries. Was that being questioned here? I hope you will go forth and multiply your knowledge of other cultures and traditions. Happy Christmas, Fergus.

At 12/22/2005 10:45:00 AM, Blogger deviousdiva said...

Welcome omni, thank you for coming and commenting. I will take a look at your blog after the christmas break.

Fergus, That is, seriously, no way to start a comment. I don't know who you are directing your swearing at, but do you honestly think that it helps the discussion? You are entitled to your opinion as others are entitled to theirs. There is no need for insults.

At 12/26/2005 04:53:00 PM, Anonymous Sam said...

I agree both. People in the world should respect each other's choice of religion and lifestyle. Racist is ridiculous and miserable.

At 12/26/2005 07:51:00 PM, Blogger deviousdiva said...

Hi sam, thanks for coming and commenting. I hope you will participate in future discussions.


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