Christian missionary activist John Allen Chau of Alabama was allegedly killed by Sentinelese tribals on Andaman Islands, India. The Sentinelese tribe are known to be the world’s last ‘uncontacted’ people which has a history of resisting contact with the outside world, police say. pic.twitter.com/X3ZuInqNUU
— Parthiban Shanmugam (@hollywoodcurry) November 21, 2018
Of course I’m sympathise with this earnest young missionaries passing however why is India allowing missionaries into the Andaman Islands.
We all know that the history of contact with Native people is fraught with danger (for the Natives). India has a moral responsibility to perhaps generationally introduce improvements into the Andaman Islands.
My worry with this globalised and interconnect world is that it is rapidly becoming homogeneised. The rights of the individual are morphing into constantly aspirational consumers. Initially we were more worried about the “McDonaldisation” of the world but when that’s halted (local cuisines are pushing back) we are now having “Twitterisation” instead.
The Ugandans have a notoriously homophobic culture. However their larger pilgrimage site, Namogongo (it was the local religious site for the 5 neighbour countries, people would try to walk there from DRC even) revolves around the story of 3 young Christian martyrs in the late 19th century.
These 3 boys had recently become Christian and the Kabaka of Baganda (King of Uganda) wanted to “know them” as was his right. Since their faith prohibited illicit sexual relations they refused their king and were martyred accordingly.
150years later the West condemns Uganda for its attitude towards homosexuality. As so many Ugandans used to say that homophobia was brought on by Western missionaries who tried to straitjacket a fairly fluid sexual culture.
In much the same way the Jack Dorsey tweet is a way to undermine the essential nature of Indian civilisation. We will never escape caste (our genetics are rooted in the original genesis and the consequent branching) but the best we can do is harness its positive externalities.
It’s the same distinction between patriotism and nationalism. Patriotism is to love one’s own, national is to love it to the exclusion of another. The more Indians try to suppress caste the more it will rear it’s uglier side.
For instance on Saturday’s round table, the highly educated and refined moderator exclaimed “I’m upper caste it doesn’t mean I can speak for Dalits.” This humble brag is persistent to upper caste Indians they will almost make sure you know what their status. It’s in very poor taste of our refined moderator to drop in caste status since such distinctions are lost in the West any way.
As Razib & I discussed in the podcast; the West still has a “one drop rule.” The tiniest sliver of Brown makes you Brown regardless of the shade and hue. Indians have to engage with caste in a positive manner rather than try to abolish and struggle with the consequences.
We see the exact same paradoxes with “woke white people.” The reason that I will rant about them (Jack D is almost a poster child) but not Donald Trump (on a personal note I find DT fairly downmarket but not necessarily offensive) is that woke whites (who I like to call Colonisers) want to adopt the mantle of an Elder Race. But most of the time woke whites are necessarily successful, rich or smart the only privilege they are really rely on for their voice is their colour.
On the other Conservative white people (I don’t see them as Colonisers) are open and honest about their heritage and don’t claim to be super-human. The problem with wholeness is that it’s ultimately claiming those Brooklyn gentrified have a moral mandate that subsumed all of humanity. It’s this neo-Puritanism that is driving Western culture off the cliff (and is trying to get others to do the same notable the Sino-Islamic stays out of it).
The gender debate is a great example of this; it’s become so toxic that nobody wants to challenge the prevalent new orthodoxy. I’m extraordinarily sympathetic to the rights of Hijra’s (I don’t know a better term for them) and would like them to be protected by society for humane reasons. However I would like genders norms and family to be society’s default expectation of any one individual. This is an increasingly controversial paragraph to write and I’m only protected because as a Brown man, Woke whites can’t attack me (people of colour are hapless innocents) and furthermore aren’t particularly interested in my opinion as they are too busy sticking to the Man.
ERG Tories led by Jacob Rees-Mogg. Conservatives not Colonisers.