Hard wired culture
The psychologist Carl Gustav Jung took the view that racial ways of thinking and feeling were inherent, this is a view that I have always had a great deal of respect for, it has always been seen as a theory or just opinion, maybe that is about to change.
Should racial ways of thinking and feeling in fact be hard wired into out brains then it is a reasonable extension of that principle to assume that our cultural behaviours are similarly "hardwired" in our cerebral cortex.
There is an article in the Daily Mail which states that "racism is hard wired into our brains"
Scientists say that this racist mechanism operate within us without us knowing about it thus implying that we are all racists or potential racists or closet racists.
The scientists use the word "racist" NOT "racial, in doing so they are demonstrating their politically correct mindsets in attributing a mental mechanism to a negative outcome not a positive development.
Instead of seeing this development as one of the reasons why cultures and nations are formed and developed and sustained over long periods of time they see it as a destructive force, indeed they almost see it as a disease or a disorder.
For cultures to form there has to be commonality of thought, concept and action within the people of that culture, they must also be able to recognize any threat to said culture.
Threat to the culture will illicit a defensive response, it is this response which in today's world is said to be racist if the threat happens to come from a culture whose people look different to the people of the culture under threat.
It can now be claimed that it is not racist to defend against a foreign culture, we appear to be hard wired to do so, this goes a long way into confirming Jung's original statement that racial ways of thinking and feeling ARE inherent.
Bearing in mind the above we should consider the following:-
Historian David Starkey provoked a race row yesterday after claiming the Rochdale child exploitation ring who groomed white girls for sex had values 'that were 'entrenched in foothills of the Punjab'.
During a public debate he said the gang, who were jailed last month for targeting vulnerable teenage girls, needed to be 'inculcated in the British ways of doing things.'
But he was branded a 'racist' and a 'bigot' by journalist Laurie Penny, who attended the panel event at Wellington College in Berkshire.
He would appear to be correct, it is perfectly reasonable to assume that racial ways of thinking and feeling were in play when these men did what they did, and because they could be hard wired into enacting this type of behaviour they were indeed displaying behaviours that were entrenched in the foothills of the Punjab.
This type of behaviour however has one main difference, the victims of this behaviour were not any threat to the culture of the perpetrators, indeed it can now be argued that different cultures have different hard wiring and the hard wiring that has been displayed in this case is one of a predatory nature - on other cultures, not their own, even when there is no threat.
If this is the case and I repeat "IF", then the possibility of integration of cultures is remarkably remote - if not impossible, one or all of the cultures will feel under threat - this will illicit aggressive and defensive responses from the various cultures - therefore multiculturalism cannot possibly succeed.
Cultures may mingle and interact with other cultures on a temporary basis but in the long run each culture will need it's own space - a country where they can follow their cultural practices and their hard wiring.
Yes there will be conflicts as we have seen in the past, there is an inevitability about that especially when one culture threatens another, All the mental mechanisms will come into play