The Case of Contamination

The Case of Contamination

A person with a decolonized mind accepts their past, loves their present and creates their future, regardless of what stands in their way. In a multicultural society where there are sets stones rules and regulations which treats everybody equally with dignity and respect and without any discrimination the cases of contamination is not a challenge. However, sometimes political tensions and anarchy badly affects the adopted rules and system that serves for all equally. In the cases of Afghanistan, different ethnic groups and two main religious sects had to live in peace, brotherhood and with respect to each other’s culture and practices but due to the Russian invasion and after the declaration of the holy war or Jehad which was followed by the civil war; the situation and the charisma which was present among all citizen has badly affected and the situation was badly damaged and the unity was affected badly as well. In a nutshell the society and spheres was contaminated due to war, anarchy and mistrust among each other. Political and economic interests by some countries in the region and by some powerful people and warlords have changed the culture and the sphere.

Hindow/Seikh, practicing Hindowism, Hazara ethnic groups practicing Shiasim which is another sect of Islam while all the rests practice Sunni Islam were equal and had equal respect and access to justice and services but due to colonized mindset “Our sense of ‘I’ is a bit of a fiction — we pretend that our behavior is always coherent, also have important implications for your thinking about the public sphere. From the contaminating influence of the public sphere and other people’s ideas … their own thoughts on them unspoiled by already knowing what other people think.

“No multicultural society can be stable and vibrant unless it ensures that its constituent communities receive both just recognition and a just share of economic and political power. It requires a robust form of social, economic and political democracy to underpin its commitment to multiculturalism”.

Frantz Fanon wrote, “Imperialism leaves behind germs of rot which we must clinically detect and remove from our land and from our minds as well.” Separating an individual from their culture and family was the tactic used by the conquistadors to subjugate a whole continent and to enslave parts of another. Many lingering effects of colonization impact our communities today. For example, people who deny their heritage or who take on the dominant culture while they reject imperialism embody these effects. Such individuals are those who went against the interests of their own community by promoting a bill that sanctioned racial profiling even though it would affect them negatively.

Living cultures do not, in any case, evolve from purity into contamination; change is more a gradual transformation from one mixture to a new mixture, a process that usually takes place at some distance from rules and rulers, in the conversations that occur across cultural boundaries. Such conversations are not so much about arguments and values as about the exchange of perspectives. I don’t say that we can’t change minds, but the reasons we offer in our conversation will seldom do much to persuade others who do not share our fundamental evaluative judgments already. When we make judgments, after all, it’s rarely because we have applied well-thought-out principles to a set of facts and deduced an answer. Our efforts to justify what we have done — or what we plan to do — are typically made up after the event, rationalizations of what we have decided intuitively to do. And a good deal of what we intuitively take to be right, we take to be right just because it is what we are used to. That does not mean, however, that we cannot become accustomed to doing things differently.

According to New York time article by Appiah “contamination case study” globalization can produce homogeneity. But globalization is also a threat to homogeneity.

Global warming, world changing, increasing population, advancing technology and so on should have positive implication to have more vibrant and comfortable society rather than unstable and uneasy living. Tolerance and no violence philosophy should be the core of all interaction and dealings to provide services.

Human variety matters, cosmopolitans think, because people are entitled to options. What John Stuart Mill said more than a century ago in “On Liberty” about diversity within a society serves just as well as an argument for variety across the globe: “If it were only that people have diversities of taste that is reason enough for not attempting to shape them all after one model.

Cultural preservation, cultural imperialism, modernization and all others are equally important and must be accepted to have a vibrant society and respect for diversity and multicultural living.

This publication discusses a distortion of an immaterial sphere of culture and the ways of people’s lives by the penetration of one culture into another. But is it indeed a distortion? Is it an enforcement of cosmopolitanism or solely exchange between cultures in a changing modern world? Identity is constructed; therefore it is different for every person. Nevertheless, globalization brought to almost every society a similar way of living and at the same time made clear the differences within societies: on one hand because of the contradictions that people deal (in and outside themselves) and because of having different access/understandings of what globalization means.

Peace,

Sial

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