Re: I think that Canada may be a little too "Multicultural"Dec 4th, 2010
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.
Historically, there have been more and less innovative groups of people. The middle ages in Europe was a mixing of all of those groups of people. The result was that skills and trades from each group were shared throughout Europe such that architectural and engineering innovations flourished.
If Canada provides the right for all women to have an education and work, but religious beliefs do not permit these rights, should the religious beliefs be given greater priority?