... Tolerating diversity is good. It's fire prevention; it's what fire fighters do. Cultivating diversity is playing with fire. It's bad; it's what pyromaniacs do. Not understanding the difference is the multicultural fallacy.
... Diversity tolerated is mature; diversity cultivated is juvenile. In the long run, societies either integrate or disintegrate. The melting pot may be inelegant but it's functional; the cultural mosaic is elegant but it's risky and multiculturalism spells, "Hi, folks, welcome to Lebanon."
Saturday, January 3, 2009
A columnist in my local rag regularly (and annoyingly) derides "whitebread" Victorians for their supposed lack of diversity. So thanks to George Jonas for his column today on the subject: