Quote: Originally Posted by Ariadne
If two people come together, one has invented the tricycle, and the other has invented the automobile, and they are going to live together, should the tricycle be adopted as the best mode of transportation?
Do you think cultures can be objectively determined to be better or worse? I don't, and that's a trap that many have fallen into in anthropological and historical analysis. They can be judged however to be compatible. Moreover, you have explicitly stated earlier that you think others should have to adapt. If someone chooses to ride a tricycle, rather than adapt and make a motorized tricycle, it's no concern of yours, or at least it shouldn't be.
Over time people do integrate with the mainstream, because cultures are hegemonic. So long as the basic laws of our land are being followed, I couldn't care less how others choose to speak, gather, celebrate, or go about in any other fashion that they choose to live and express themselves by.
I think it's regrettable that over time cultures diminish, but it's inevitable. Trying to force cultural change by dictating how immigrants should interact is interference that I'm opposed to. Again, so long as what is happening is lawful, then nobody should be interfering. For one, it can have the opposite effect that is intended. Alienating new immigrants is deleterious, and interrupts their natural homogenization into Canadian society.