11 Jan 07
Ad nauseam, pt. II
I was probably food poisoned yesterday, since I don't think I've ever been so violently ill. I made a mess of my apartment and although I'm feeling better now, I haven't had the energy to do anything but sleep today. Still, blogging duties remain...
Before I got sick, I was about to throw in another statement from Dawkins. I think it sums up a classic liberal problem very well. In this case, he talks about some Amish parents, who withdrew their children from high school. A lawsuit, which claimed that the children were being deprived of their right to an education, was brought against them. The Supreme Court judged in favour of the parents, largely because they felt that the Amish enriched their society.
“There is something breathtakingly condescending, as well as inhumane, about the sacrificing of anyone, especially children, on the altar of ‘diversity’ and the virtue of preserving a variety of religious traditions. The rest of us are happy with our cars and computers, our vaccines and antibiotics. But you quaint little people with your bonnets and breeches, your horse buggies, your archaic dialect and your earth-closet privies, you enrich our lives. Of course you must be allowed to trap you children with you in your seventeenth-century time warp, otherwise something irretrievable would be lost to us: a part of the wonderful diversity of human culture. A small part of me can see something in this. But the larger part is made to feel very queasy indeed.”
I think such thinking also causes some feminists to defend societies where women are opressed. We feel that we can't just step in and tell you all what's right, because we simply do not know for sure. But we are absolutely certain that our Western imperialist hubris has made your life miserable throughout history. So, of course you should wear burkas or whatever if you want to, especially if it's your own choice, whatever patriarchal connotations it may have.
written by Mattias