great deeds vs great people
I realized that to change a paradigm of perception of some group it either takes a long time of usually large group of people or small time span or just one occasion or incident by a small group of people. building paradigm takes long time and it would be wiser to see the reality not through lenses of subjective paradigm, in other words to get rid of it but getting rid of paradigm is virtually impossible. I think that it is much more useful to realize that rather than destryoing paradigm we should change it to some other, because there comes another more or less subjective paradigm nevertheless. we always live through the prizm of subjective view, through our experiences, upbringing, opinions of people around us. replacing paradigm for on one hand subjective and yet accepting other subjective views as equally valuable and valid is the kind of paradigm that we should seek. it is basically something unparadigmatical and yet there is not pure possibility that we get rid of it and see everthing crystally clear. having said that, I would like to focus on big rather than great deeds. I now have national and religion minorities on mind. it is a long and strenous journey to create a reality not only a semblance of peace between nations and religions. one occasion may change everything. take for example the great changes that were imposed upon Japanese minority after pearl harbor or muslim minority after 9.11. A relatively small group of people changed totally and devastatingly the point of view about the minority and the whole minority and potential future of it was shattered by factors and restrictions that cropped up after these big deeds. it is very dangerous and usually detrimental that a relatively small group may change what happens to the bulk of the comunity and a much larger mass of people. how can we work with this topic? first and foremost I think that we should avoid any generalization. the fact that one has same belief and religion as someone else does not make them affiliated in any way. belief is purely subjective and individual. among muslims as well as among christians there are people who are devoted to the quest of love but also to the quest of hate and destruction. the fact that someone is of a same nationality (Japanese minority after 7.12.1941) or same belief 9.11. there is also the need to get rid of any national feelings because nation is something given, something inherent, something we do not have the slightest share on. it is like inteligence or physical appearance. it someone thinks that by being proud about something given (iq, nationality, beauty) one is a better person, then such person is very much mystified. on the other hand, it is natural to be in a closer affiliation or even bond with people who share same cultural background, history, customs but it should not make us a closed community to other cultural diversity and other people. let us focus on human and humanity instead of focusing on cultural stereotypes, prejudices and differences between people, nations, religions. nevertheless, if the customs of the former culture are in danger, there is a perfect reason to defend onself. in this respect we should not lose the sense of solidarity and see the incoming culture os enriching the former but not in some kind of fatalistic sense but in equally fair dialogue not monologue from any side.
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