By Rei Tanotsuka, 25 September 2020
“Moral relativism is clearly an attempt to pay intellectual reparations for the crimes of Western colonialism, ethnocentrism and racism.” Sam Harris in The Moral Landscape.
Ever since I started to express my thoughts publicly, I have encountered a recurring question designed to stump my assertion that Western Imperialism is the genesis for our current global quagmire of racism and unilateral rule.
Do my dissenters have a point, or have they once again FAILED miserably in using their grey matter to examine why the question they pose as a rebuttal, is infact the comeback of an interred mind, buried in Western dogma?
Western public intellectuals spawn a legion of shoddy imitators who not only pilfer their conclusions, but concomitantly neglect to read the original source document inorder to contemplate the author’s musing on a level outside of the superficial. Sam Harris’ idea on morality is quite popular to regurgitate these days, so I will use his argument as a general representation of the minds who disagree with me (not that agreeing is on my agenda).
Harris says Benedict’s moral relativism is an apologist argument
Harris has a modus operandi which climaxes on the conclusion that it’s Western scientific understanding that makes the world a great place to live in. He reiterates that the West is NOT supreme, but then points out other societies which fall short based on the fact that they do not adhere to the Western scientific mandate of logic and facts.
He points out the vindictiveness of the Dobu tribe as an example of a superstitious society gone awry (courtesy of Ruth Benedict’s work), and asks the confounding billion dollar question: “Did the Dobu love their friends and family as much as we love ours?”, to which Harris argues, no.
Harris has a PhD in cognitive neuroscience, so I will take his word on his studies on homo sapien cognition because I know jackshit about the intricacies of the human brain. Harris worked with Mark Cohen in UCLA at the cognitive neuroscience lab studying the notion of “beliefs” in general.
At another facility, the National Institutes of Health, religious beliefs were being examined. Harris then had the brilliance to marry up the two studies, measuring the fMRI signal changes in Christians and atheists alike when asked questions pertaining to what they believed to be true. The experiment involved presenting a series of scientific and religious statements, and getting the participants to press a button to show whether they thought the statement was true or false eg. “Eagles are real.” vs “Angels are real.”
This is what Harris found in both groups. “Believing a statement to be true was associated with greater activity in the medial prefrontal cortex (MPFC), a region important for self representation, emotional associations, reward, and goal-driven behaviour. This area showed greater activity whether subjects believed statements about God and the Virgin Birth or statements about ordinary facts.”. The Moral Landscape
So bloody what?
Well, Harris contradicts HIMSELF!
Now remember, Harris is heralded as a Western public intellectual, the Tyson in the art of cerebral logic. Despite his SCIENTIFIC FACT BASED study elucidating that a BELIEF IN PARTHENOGENESIS of a mortal (a virgin birth being possible) carries as much emotional reward as believing in oxygen being a necessity, he goes on to argue that the subjective “qualia” of “love” between the Dobu people is LESS than that of the love exhibited between people in the civilized West! Even though he knows neurologically speaking, the SAME EMOTIONAL REWARD ensues if a belief is held to be TRUE irrespective of what that belief is, Harris still abides by the notion that the Western way reigns supreme.
Science CAN’T give an emotional weighting to our feelings, it can only show what areas in our brains are affected. Harris’ assessment of the Dobu’s love is purely SUBJECTIVE which means his bias comes into play.
It’s this pernicious stronghold of Western ideology being ultimately the most righteous (even though it can be neuro scientifically shown to be fallacious), that gives rise to the insouciant manner by which the West just wantonly destroys other cultures.
The Dobu view life DIFFERENTLY, and while I Rei, do not personally agree with their particular views on retribution or their expression on the sanctity of life, I am not supercilious enough to deem their emotions to be second rate to mine. The Dobu’s are seen by Western anthropologists to be savage and vengeful because they base their achievements, or material gains on a finite source. This leads them to view life in a zero sum manner, ie. If I receive a bumper harvest of corn this year, then you must have somehow been short changed by me. But HOLD UP, isn’t this THE SAME PHILOSOPHY OF THE WEST? The only difference is SCALE, not nature! Instead of equitable trading, the West has traditionally extorted, stolen and maimed its opponents in obtaining what they wanted leaving the natives WITH NOTHING. The legacy of this barbarism is the unabated fear which courses through the pulses of the descendants of the Western Imperialists in turbulent times.
Don’t believe me? Look at the current Covid-19 pandemic. Australia has had TWO panic toilet paper buy outs, one in March, and another in June 2020!! Australia toilet paper panic. It’s like being a nation of assholes isn’t quaint enough, that we now have to resort to scrag fights to keep our chocolate starfishes, smear free.
American citizens have not only paralleled their Australian brethren’s obsession in keeping a skid mark free butthole, they’ve been lining up for ammunition! “The agency’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) shows almost 14,000,000 checks were done between March and June, the highest in its 22-year history. June’s 3,931,607 checks were a 136 per cent increase from 2019.” Gun sales spike
This level of hysteria and fear arises because of the latent paranoia that is a psychological “Lamarckian inheritance” of the West traditionally STEALING AND MASS MURDERING indigenous people to take what is not theirs. Any provocation that threatens ownership of what the West obtained through sanguineous means, gives impetus to resort to violence once again, only this time to preserve what they have stolen. This, my dear friend is what karma is. We can EASILY see how this cycle of stealing and fearing being robbed, can parlay into a cycle of unmitigated violence if conditions are ripe ie. poverty, which was the climate of the Dobu tribe at the time Western anthropologists studied them! The viciousness that the West observed among the Dobu’s, is BUT A MIRROR of their OWN disposition, played out in a small community.
While intellectuals like Harris can only illustrate what is inherently wrong with the Dobu’s when cherry picking a point to juxtapose Western primacy, he neglects to highlight aspects where these “primitive” systems work out more equitably.
The Dobu’s view of life in some ways end up being quite fair, especially in living arrangements with the elders vis-à-vis imparting the maternal and paternal line of thought: “…. because mothers and motherline in general are especially important for Dobuans, couples are required to reside alternately in the groom’s tribe and in the bride’s tribe for one year at a time, resolving the predicament easily but beyond the understanding of most of the civilized world (Bendict 139).” Ruth Benedict
Now we have reached the answer to the titular question….why are there so many minorities living in the West?
The readers who ask this question expect me to be flustered and stutter out a feeble excuse, but far from it, I’m going to spit out the TRUTH.
When you destroy a culture through killing off the dominant leaders (usually men), subjugating the women with the intent of siring the next generation for you to enslave, what are you, ipso facto doing? You are, in a oxymoronic way giving rise to a new “responsibility” irrespective of how callous and unscrupulous you were in obtaining the role of the “provider”. Human nature, though cyclical and incapable of true evolution, nevertheless runs the gamut of an incarceration to emancipation reel, and it’s during these phases in the cycle of human nature, which enables laws to change, reflecting contemporary mores.
Was that a little obscure? A simple analogy. A parent has a child. The infant is completely ensconced in an environment that s/he is immobile in, everything from feeding, bathing and defecating is controlled by the parent. As the infant becomes a toddler through time, autonomy is gained gradually. It’s this emergence of autonomy that negotiates the change in the rules of the household. One day the little turd is going to be fully independent.
All of life, cycles itself on this pattern – the Hegelian dialectic, materialised. We run this cycle in academia, in our careers and human history definitely accords with this trajectory. The founding fathers/mothers always try their damn hardest to create a quasi utopia, initially ruling the citizen collective with an iron fist, only to reach the lofty state of a golden era, followed by a subsequent decline into debauchery.
The Anglo Western and European countries which house the rainbow faction now, are NOT magnanimous, patron saints of egalitarianism! They are the philistine, obdurate racists WHO COMMITTED GLOBAL ANARCHY! The melting pot we see in the West is not borne from a desire to realise the essence of the different humans “being”, on the soil of the Imperialists, it is the BY PRODUCT of colonial rule! This is the promise of coming under Western sovereignty, compounded by time and the back fired propaganda of an ersatz democracy. Yes, the West said the coloured minions are welcomed as their own, after all WE ARE ALL EQUAL RIGHT?
The West literally went to sovereign states, and manacled the natives through: (not in chronological order)
1. the creation of a new underclass, the UNTOUCHABLES (India)
2. drugging AN ENTIRE NATION (China)
3. COERCING A COUNTRY into trade (Japan)
4. INVADING A COUNTRY rife with different factions and created MORE mayhem (Afghanistan)
5. the EXTORTION OF GOLD from the indigenous people, while promising freedom, only to ROAST THEM ALIVE (the Spanish in the Americas)
6. IMMOLATING AND MURDERING 80% of a tribe (Germans in the culling of the Herero Africans)
7. STAGING A WMD HOAX (weapons of mass destruction), to turn a normal country into a failed state (Iraq)
8. MURDERING AND SODOMISING a COLONEL who kept Islamic extremism at bay (Lybia)
9. INJECTING SYPHILIS into children, prostitutes and men (Tuskegee, Guatemala)
10. EXPERIMENTING with Friedman’s SHOCK DOCTRINE on ANOTHER country, giving rise to a dictator that TORTURED and KILLED 40,000 people (Chile)!
This is JUST THE BEGINNING! So to the IDIOTS who ask me, why does the West have so many minorities living there? Because the FUCKING Western Imperialists DESTROYED THE HOMES of these people! “Schadenfraude” (pleasure from another’s pain) is the middle name of the West.
Here, let me rephrase this so that even imbeciles are capable of understanding. IF I GO TO YOUR HOME, MURDER YOUR FAMILY, TAKE ALL YOUR JEWELLERY, CASH OUT YOUR INSURANCE POLICY, then begrudgingly allow you to LIVE IN MY BASEMENT with guaranteed sporadic taunting from my ill bred off spring, ARE YOU GOING TO ingratiate yourself towards me? Do you HONESTLY think I’m NICE?
Yet somehow if you have blue eyes, all the above atrocities are annulled and you indeed come out looking like the Archangel Michael. WTF?
The demographic of the Anglo West is testimony to COLONEL RULE, not an understanding of diversity!
Let’s look at the demographic split in the Anglo Western countries, and just TRY to point out a SIZEABLE GROUP that wasn’t a colony, at the brunt of a coup gone wrong, or a regime change operation! The following demographic data is taken from Index Mundi.
Please pass me the $2 chalice, for I have found the holy grail of STUPIDITY. How ANYONE can look at the coloured faces in the West, read the history of the Imperial European invasions and not put 2 & 2 together, is testimony to Western propaganda that would do Goebbels proud. Also, the lead in the water campaign is definitely working even without the lobotomising effects of a diet heavy in Monsanto.
So, is there a country that DIDN’T INVADE other countries and cause destruction, but genuinely allowed foreigners to reside on their land and treated them well?
Funny you should ask, because yes there is – China.
This is how they treated their tributary states representatives, you know the people who were willing to come under China? Unlike the Europeans, they didn’t flay them, or coal roast their king alive, this is what China did:
“The daily rations allotted to one emissarial mission of seventy-seven people from Persia during the Yongle period consisted of 12 sheep, 4 ducks, 50 bottles of wine, about 200 pounds of rice and 140 pounds of fruit, 120 pounds of flour, 200 baked cakes, one tray of sugared cakes, vegetables, and spices. As the size of the Mongol missions174 grew toward the middle of the fifteenth century, food requirements clearly became a burden to the court. One Oirat mission in the 1440s consisted of twenty-four hundred men, who reportedly managed to consume five thousand sheep during their two-month stay in China.” from When China Ruled the Seas: The Treasure Fleet of the Dragon Throne, 1405–1433 by Louise Levathes.
Yeah, I hear you mumble, but that’s on a bling occasion but what about the foreign dregs who lived in China? I bet the Chinese called them names and relegated them to the lowest caste right?
“Within the city limits, foreigners were exempt from Chinese law; legally it was as if they’d never left home. Soon the peculiar legal principle of “extraterritoriality” became a physical reality as Britain, France, and the United States carved out concessions from the open land surrounding Shanghai’s centuries-old walled city, then a regional hub of some 200,000 people in the fertile Yangtze River delta. The settlements the foreigners built starting in 1845 looked like their home countries in miniature. The French Concession became famous for its beautiful tree-lined streets and elegant cafes, the British for its sumptuous private clubs, and the American for the bustling commerce along its main thoroughfare, Broadway. Just a decade after its creation, foreign-dominated Shanghai was China’s leading international port.. “ The Rise and Fall of Shanghai
And here we are, jumping for fuckin joy because they let us make a “little Japan” , or “China Town”….
The West is SOOOO good to us because we only see AO (Asians Out) graffitied on walls in the povo areas, and we only get spat on during a pandemic. Sure there’s ongoing discrimination via off colour jokes and remarks, but it’s not like they have us living in ghettos…. *cough* Box Hill, *cough* Brunswick, *cough* Maribyrnong….
In Hong Kong, the British even interdicted Victoria Peak from the Chinese peasants during their heyday. The lumpen Hong Kong rioters now fighting for the return of their former whip master, couldn’t even set foot on the peak with the million dollar vista… let me REITERATE OUR FUCKIN JOY for being able to make a China Town in San Francisco!
That’s one small ghetto for a flaxen haired Americano, but one gargantuan step of Asian pride evincing proof that we ENJOY WESTERN LIBERTY….. “solly sur, you want da dim sum or der der shiew mai?” – dials back to the homeland… “America so free you know, we say wat we want… we say do you want dim sum or shiew mai”…
Wait, I got more! How about I get a PhD in some fancy aeronautic technology in my country, but come over AND DO YOUR DRY CLEANING? No? Then can I qualify as a neurosurgeon in my homeland and have the honour to be your Uber chauffeur?
Learning to think is possibly the hardest thing in life, because everything around us encourages us not to. So if we are given the stereotype of being a four eyed, maths freak, why not use our vision and FIGURE OUT A WAY to gain parity?
Propaganda + Low self-esteem, does not = EQUALITY!