Coming Here for a Better There

Did you know people quite like who they are? That when they alight in foreign locales this self-affinity isn’t mitigated? It’s one of the most comically naive misconceptions to think that immigrants go somewhere different to become something different. The truth is colonial Belgians didn’t tame the Congo to become plate-lipped bushmen. And current Congolese aren’t colonizing Brussels to become Europeans. People like who they are; and they like living where being themselves is most comfortable.

The point, made in these pages many times, is that immigrants don’t come here to make a better them; they come here to make a better there. There’s a vast universe in the distinction. Unfortunately, their there is no longer our here, no matter how many hours we labor to subsidize it. This being a fact illustrated plainly in the present German petri-dish.

A hundred Islamists are now openly enforcing Sharia law on the streets of Berlin, according to local police who are investigating a recent string of violent assaults in the German capital.

The self-appointed morality police involve Salafists from Chechnya, a predominantly Sunni Muslim region in Russia. The vigilantes are using threats of violence to discourage Chechen migrants from integrating into German society; they are also promoting the establishment of a parallel Islamic legal system in Germany. German authorities appear unable to stop them.

There will eventually be German integration, of that there’s little doubt. The more salient question for Germans is who exactly will be compelled to integrate with whom. If Germans refuse to make a here out of their own home, they may be assured more virile tribes will take the opportunity to make it there. Englishmen didn’t integrate into the Apaches and Japanese didn’t integrate into the Ainu. It’s interesting how little contemporary praise the Ainu receive for their non-xenophobic tolerance. I think that has much to do with the fact that there’s little profit in praising the functionally extinct–and even less fear of their recriminations in not doing so. At least one German observer has grasped this migrant dynamic.

They have come to Germany because they wanted to live in Germany, but they keep trying to turn it into Chechnya with its medieval ways. This inability and reluctance to integrate is extremely frustrating and typical of all migrants, not just Chechens.

More importantly, “Integration” is a term of solace. Even if Chechens drained steins of beer in their lederhosen, they would not be Germans. Just as I am not Chinese by devouring labrador under a sedge hat in Peking. What should dispossessed Germans care if a replacement population adopts their customs and costumes? Is this an Egyptian pharaoh?

Fortunately none of these questions will require answers, as the migrant populations much prefer being themselves than pretending to be German. The Chechens want Chechnya–with subsidized living standards. That’s what Germany provides: a cultural deficit with a financial surplus. And so long as you have a sufficient cohort of productive and conformist taxpayers, everyone benefits. Except the Germans.

But maybe there’s a compromise in all of this: sharia squads in lederhosen. Now that’s integration. And that’s how you make someone else’s here into your there.

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11 thoughts on “Coming Here for a Better There

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  2. Chechnya with its medieval ways – It’s like a Ren Faire, but with clitorectomies and fag droppings.
    This inability and reluctance to integrate is extremely frustrating and typical of all migrants – This inability and reluctance to relieve my headache by slamming my noggin onto an anvil is extremely frustrating and typical of all migraines.
    I keep thinking this great tribe will — must — arise from its stupor one day, but I won’t bet money on it.

  3. [Scientific proof that the undisciplined Germans need an infusion of conscientious, reward-deferring Africans.](https://digest.bps.org.uk/2017/07/07/rural-cameroonian-pre-schoolers-just-aced-mischels-iconic-marshmallow-test/)

    Walter Mischel’s Marshmallow Test of self-control is one of psychology’s iconic experimental set-ups. First conducted in the 1960s, Mischel told the kids he tested that if they managed to resist eating the marshmallow in front of them until he returned (usually about 15 minutes later), they would be rewarded with a second marshmallow.

    The Cameroonian kids aced the test, performing much better than their German peers. What’s more, their success seemed to be tied to the traditional, strict, hierarchical culture in which they’d been raised. The results challenge Western assumptions about what constitutes an ideal parenting style, and they provide another powerful demonstration of the urgent need for psychology to conduct more research outside of its usual Western focus.

    The Cameroonian kids are raised in multi-generational family groups with many siblings and they are taught to contain their emotions, obey their elders and to recognise the importance of group solidarity and social responsibility. In contrast, and as in most rich Western countries, the German kids are mostly raised in small family groups and they are taught the importance of self-expression, individuality and freedom of choice.

    If nothing else, this research is a reminder that we must study a broader range of humanity else we might find our most cherished theories are built on foundations of Western sand.

    • That’s good. It’s a mystery why Mercedes continues to build its vehicles in the arid engineering sand of Stuttgart rather than relocating operations to the solid marshmallow-deferring ground of Douala. Someone should ask them.

    • Time to apply for a Bundesgrant for a follow-up study, to answer probing new questions: “Do Cameroonianites even know WTF a marshmallow is? Would the Cameroonlets ace the original test, if tempted instead with tsetse maggots, or cubed bushmeat on cocktail toothpicks?”

  4. New banner image: This is from a Bay Area Rapid Transit platform in th San Francisco area, where transit officials are now withholding CCTV video of crimes to prevent wrong right conclusions from being drawn.

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