Because in America the English - and later by extension the white race - emerged on top in the competition, their characteristics have become the standard. ... In time, all others- African Americans, Mexicans, Native Americans, and Asians - were forced to imitate the dominant ethos if they wished to succeed." He uses President Obama as an example. Despite his "dark skin" and "Muslim father from Africa," he has for the most part sounded and behaved like "other politicians from the dominant white race."
"A DEBILITATING TENSION BETWEEN DARWIN AND JESUS"
Mr. Ahmed says this tension lies at the heart of what defines and motivates American identity. Since Darwinian thought and Jesus' teachings are "diametrically opposed," they "cannot coexist simultaneously in one society without causing severe friction."
Think about it. And think about Native Americans and other groups as you compare the two.
Darwin "represents adaptability and survival" and "acknowledges that those who cannot adapt will not - indeed must not - survive." It's a struggle to survive and "the ruthless will to succeed, strength, speed, stamina, and force determine success. In turn, success generates pride and arrogance, the chauvinism of being on top, and a belief in the superiority of the dominant group."
Jesus' teaching of compassion and love for neighbors and enemies should motivate true followers to reach out to all people especially the "least privileged members in society" who often need the most help. Think of the people Jesus came to serve: basically all types! Tax collectors, women, soldiers, fishermen, prostitutes, religious men like Nicodemus, ordinary people, children! Even nonJewish people were not excluded from his help!
Yet why do we - who sometimes insist we are a "Christian nation" - act more like we follow Darwin with all the pride and hurtfulness that purifying the world of all the "bad races" involves instead of Jesus? I always thought the "Christ" part of "Christian" referred to the Messiah celebrated in the New Testament. So why the Darwinian outlook in keeping the land pure for white people- Christian white people - Protestant white people?
|We purified the land so let's keep it that way, right?!|
Ahmed observes: "I have always found American fear and anger surprising.Why should the most powerful people on earth be fearful? And why should the richest people be angry? If there was more true Christianity and less Darwinian thinking, I am convinced, there would be far more calmness in American social life."
I read this and noted "pg. 26 AMEN!" on my notepad! Exactly! Why are we going around fearful and angry? Why do we not live as people of faith and actually do what Jesus did and stop being so afraid and suspicious of everyone?
Anger and fear are not good foreign policy motivators!
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." ~ Jesus Christ (John 14:27)
TO BE CONTINUED ...
quotes from pgs. 24-26