XenophobiaChoosing Wisdom

Categorizing others by assigning them to a group is a natural part of human thinking. The world is filled with myriad complicated and bewildering stimuli, which we all make sense of in part through generalization — and this applies equally well to our fellow human beings. It is also natural for us to tend toward suspicion of the different and unknown since the life conditions of our ancestors encouraged the incorporation of these traits by enabling those of our ancestors who did incorporate them to live, thrive, and reproduce with greater success in the harsh realities of the natural world.

However, it is neither wise nor ethical for us to allow this instinctual suspicion of those who are evidently different to dictate our ongoing perception or treatment of groups we don’t immediately identify with. We are conscious, intelligent, and potentially lucid creatures, and it both behooves and is beholden on us to use our thinking brains to see past the impulses of our instinctual brains that would have us wrongfully fear and mistreat one another.

To wit, the growing and increasingly accepted Islamophobia, Latinophobia, Homophobia, and Intellectuaphobia in this country is unfounded, wrong, and exceedingly dangerous. Much as many of the people of Germany in the 1930s tapped into their collective angst to create a fascist would-be empire from the raw ingredients of economic despair and the drive to find a scapegoat for their state (for which they used Jews, intellectuals, Gypsies, and homosexuals, ultimately producing a catastrophe we are all familiar with), many Americans now seem to be scapegoating Muslims, Latinos, homosexuals, and scientists.

Xenophobic antipathy between what might be called Modern Christendom and the Islamic world (in an unsettling and quasi masked resurrection of the Crusades) has the real potential to transform the US into another fascist state and ignite World War III. Most of us would not survive such a conflagration. We know better and we need to remember this, put aside our adolescent impulses, and find viable, mature solutions that do not result simply from inchoate fear and rage. The following piece does a nice job of outlining a general approach for doing so.

Islam and the West: Reaching Intercultural Understanding

And this thoughtful but dire analysis by Chris Hedges delineates the problem in another way:

A Recipe for Fascism

38 Responses to “Xenophobia”

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  2. If you think homophobia is indefensible, you need to act like it. If you think it needs to be condemned, you need to condemn it.

  3. it say a sin dude. Its a psalm written for God… like saying I hope I say anything against you in this life of hardship. As far as I know there a scripture where it says you will be punished, its a sin, etc. for cussing… To me the things the psalmist could be referring to could be blasphemy or rage or basically anything against him.

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  9. richler miyatardel says:

    Thank you brother Cornel for the wonderful message and for mentioning sir Marley and all the great musicians who shared these same values with the world

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  11. ketty hemens says:

    You want to know what Muslim army won a war recently? How about the Afghan Mujahideen who defeated the super power Soviet Union? And in 3-4 years time America will retreat in defeat and shame lol

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  13. slups guert says:

    the ones in the center is Allah & Mohammed.The other four are the successors “Caliphs” of Islam: Omar, Ali, Othman & Abu Baker 🙂

  14. barty cronkarnon says:

    , Many white scholars teach about the incredible contributions made by the original dark people who made a mistake by welcoming those from caves,your ancestors. It is basic history knowledge that while caucasians were in caves or suffering during the dark ages dark people had created the etc.In fact without their help racist whites would NOT had survived outside Europe.U r hated because u have done EVIL with no remorse or apology,u continue this wicked action

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  19. hauchmidah says:

    Did I spell ignorance wrong? lol
    Peopel are so stupid. Peopel need to seriously take citizens academy classes to edjucate themselves.

  20. saka sanochik says:

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  26. andrisonno kemiltzman says:

    Very sad news: Simple Muslim brother got embroiled in is Allah/Above His debate at Uni, got confused & eventually left Islam!

  27. sabreitmar hamine says:

    For a lot of us, it has a lot more to do with their disturbingly selfish politics than their idea of a Muslim country

  28. damaller says:

    Once they hiring more than a few muslim staff, the demands will in earnest. They should get a ticket back to where they came from.

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  34. I totally understand! You saw my rant from earlier tonight? I wish ppl would learn that pushing beliefs (Muslim or non) is bad.

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