Monday, April 17, 2006

The Creator Vs. Teddy Roosevelt's "Words of Wisdom"



In response to these "words of wisdom" by Teddy Roosevelt;

("But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.")

In one very small area of what is now called "Northern California" there once existed at least 110 different "language families". These "families" were as different and distinct as Italian is from Viet Namese in nearly every case. Yet these diverse groups found a way to co-exist in relative peace and harmony for thousands, if not tens of thousands of years. This is just one example from Native America that disproves the thesis that a collective continental grouping of people must homogenize language and culture to survive or function smoothly. In fact, this xenophobic drive for homogenization only leads to "genocide of the mind" (if not actual genocides of human groups) and a culture that devours everything in its path. The natural state of God's good, nurturing creation is in fact one of diversity...infinite diversity in infinite combinations...not of homogenization, mechanization and industrialization.

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