I personally have hard time understanding why people try to protect their heritage. I do admit that I am too pragmatic, but what is the point of heritage if it doesn’t serve me well. I think one of the main reasons that causes current calamity is that humans are allergic to change by nature. The resistant to change could be traced to a part of natural selection.
Lately I’m reading Matt Ridley’s The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves and one passage is the following —
Maybe just maybe what these people are trying to do is a part of natural selection either subconsciously or consciously. The concept of natural selection and Darwinism was well (manipulatively) adapted and distorted by Nazi.
By examining Hitler’s ideology, the official biology curriculum, the writings of Nazi anthropologists, and Nazi periodicals, we find that Nazi racial theorists did indeed embrace human and racial evolution. They not only taught that humans had evolved from primates, but they believed the Aryan or Nordic race had evolved to a higher level than other races because of the harsh climatic conditions that influenced natural selection.
Now these people would not explicitly say “my race is superior, so the rest is degrading the human gene pool. It just does not sound cool, doesn’t it. Hence new argument — I just want to protect my heritage for my children (or I don’t know.. the next generation or whatever)
In his book Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari points out the current transformation from racism to culturism. Instead of saying it is in their blood, now these racists would say it is in their culture etc. Now the motto is pretty much “the foreign culture hurts American, thus we need to protect our value and heritage”, but what is the difference?
It seems this calamity is creating pretty significant impact. It is as if what the entire world learnt after Nazi propaganda and World War II — racism should not be tolerated hence the birth of human right.
Maybe history is repeating again right now.
Rest in peace Heather Heyer, the Charlottesville Victim.