Sunday, May 13, 2012

South African culture war: advanced civilization and noble savages

I have a non-white friend that is very well educated and she works in the South African legal profession. Unfortunately, she is not terribly informed about current affairs because she only reads the mainstream newspapers. She once needed a place to stay for a few days and I offered her a bed in my spare guest room. One evening we were having a discussion about politics and she declared that white people didn’t contribute anything positive to South Africa. There was great irony in the fact that she was in my home and making use of my hospitality while we were having the discussion. It completely escaped her attention. I disagreed with her and I didn’t offer any reasons.

Intelligence is correlated with the Human Development Index and blacks, on average, have lower intelligence than whites. Most whites don’t know because they don’t have any interaction with blacks or they deny the reality. There is a ton of information on the web about empiricism and the term has many meanings and uses. I like to use the concept to illustrate the differences between white people that have experience of interacting with non-whites; and white people that have no such experience. All South Africans know a joke, or some variation of it. What’s the difference between a South African tourist and a racist? Answer: 1 Week.

One of the most beneficial aspects of empirical reasoning is the knowledge gained about a person’s or people’s limitations.

Blacks had a greater balance between rational and empirical reasoning before they gave it up for the perks that came with western civilization and the accompanying information overload. Only deluded liberal whites still believe the concept of the ‘noble savage’ exists. Blacks fully embraced the perks that came with civilization, which also means they sacrificed the balance they once had between rational and empirical reasoning. Since they have lower intelligence than whites their struggle to regain balance is greater than our own.

On Saturday the Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution (Casac) issued a statement, "Casac condemns in the strongest terms the reckless attempts by former president FW de Klerk to justify and defend the apartheid system”…"The very notion of 'separate development' was at the centre of the apartheid ideology, and was predicated on notions of racist supremacy as was Nazism." Apparently many non-whites are outraged by the comments made by FW de Klerk during the CNN interview that aired 10 May 2012.

Avatar: Hollywood's depiction of the 'noble savage.'

Unsurprisingly, non-whites are still angry and offended because whites do not want to mix with them.

White people work with management systems and put rules in place. They’re productive. They believe that professional people have more than their own pockets in mind when they pursue tasks as part of a team. They keep their noise down in the office environment because it allows people to focus on their work and to be productive. They respect each other’s spaces. And they know deep, down that life is not fair. Hard work does not always produce equal success amongst everyone. These are the things that come to mind when I notice some things that are missing in black culture. They are important qualities of a civilized culture. Blacks have a remarkable ability to dress well. I love the black culture’s dress sense. But it is not really a valuable quality unless they’re able to manufacture the clothes they like to wear.

My experience with non-white culture has shown me that non-white races in South Africa would not have achieved the same level of civilization we have today without external influences from foreign cultures.

It is disgraceful that the white race has come to expect that a less intelligent race should know its limitations; meanwhile whites have no understanding of their own. Part of the reason that no-one ever uses the term empiricism is people consider it to be dead. We need to give the same prestige to experience and empirical reasoning that is associated with rational reasoning. We need to value our elderly more and we need to value the knowledge gained from life experience. But everybody loves our modern world of gimmicks, hey.

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Anonymous said...

A lot of what is pilloried as "prejudice" is in fact "postjudice",
ie, experience.