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Re: SIL (was: A project)

From:Frank George Valoczy <valoczy@...>
Date:Sunday, September 16, 2001, 22:53
On Sun, 16 Sep 2001, Andreas Johansson wrote:

> Marcus Smith wrote: > >But even apart from the Christianity issue, SIL workers bring their own > >cultures with them. Sometimes in an honest attempt to be friendly and > >helpful, they introduce things and ideas that are harmful to the local > >culture. A case in point (one I was told about, but have no confirmation > >of) is where SIL workers introduced soccer and the card game UNO to a > >culture that did not encourage competition. This, apparently, brought > >about hard feelings between natives of the town that drastically changed > >things. Whether or not this is true, it does illustrate the point that SIL > >workers can destroy a culture/community, even if Christianity itself is > >not the main problem. > > On a tangential topic, ANY contact between different cultures carries a risk > that one or both of the cultures will be destroyed, destabilized etc. At the > very least, both will change. Many multiculturalists seems to try to both > eating the cake and have it - both perserving existing cultures and mixing > 'em into some multy-culty, liberally-tolerant superculture. The underlying > assumption seems to be that culture is just some kind of mental clothes you > can change at will - Spanish today, European tomorrow and Javanese on > Wednesday. > > Needless to say, I don't consider myself a multiculturalist. > > Andreas
Nor am I, too much...but it works well enough in Canada..