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PostOnly Education Can Overcome Ethnic Hatred (Tor Guimaraes, USA, 02/20/22 6:31 am)
As someone who has seen and experienced ethnic-based discrimination all over the world, I cannot overestimate the importance of education to remedy such irrational feelings.
Religion has not helped and economic development has not helped. Only education seems to have a positive effect addressing these destructive fears, jealousies, angers, etc.
America has always prevailed to become the greatest nation on Earth because our population was on average relatively well educated. We respected our institutions and laws most of the time, strove for justice, made some progress. And now things are falling apart.
Why? Can anyone please answer that based on fact and logic?
JE comments: I am as pro-education as anybody, but can we say that it (education) has a good record in neutralizing ethnic hatred--irrational or not? Look at one case study among many: Yugoslavia was a well-educated nation prior to its descent into fratricide. The imposition of instruction in Serbo-Croatian possibly fueled ethnic resentment. Tor, your countryman Paulo Freire argued that only through the "conscientization" of the oppressed can they rise up and achieve their liberation. To be sure, Freire wasn't talking about ethnic grievances--but can they be tidily separated from economic or social ones?
Education, Pseudo-Education, and Racial Discrimination
(Tor Guimaraes, USA
02/21/22 3:57 AM)
John Eipper questioned my firm belief that better education is the only remedy capable of curing the mental illness of racial discrimination. Religion has not only failed but often fuels this illness, and wealth seems unrelated.
John referenced Yugoslavia a "well-educated nation prior to its descent into fratricide." Education, just like everything else, must be viewed in context. Education is no panacea; it must be qualified. Some nations are highly educated technologically, financially, socially, religiously, and normally some combination of these. Which combination dominated Serbia or whoever the war instigators were at the time?
Was this Yugoslavian conflict initiated by the NATO/Russia pissing match, and/or perhaps a religious conflict? In such cases only military training and preparation can work. No one will listen to highly educated people.
Let me give JE some help in showing that education is often useless in other domains also. It came to my attention that American (should we say global) oil companies have known a lot about climate change long before our "educated" people did. They planned to take advantage of the expected melting of the Arctic, knowing full well about seas rising, floods, etc. When our scientists sounded the alarm bells the oil companies knew what to do: manage the media, attack the messengers, bribe the governments, create doubt for a few more years or decades if possible. They were very successful; the planet was damned in the search for profits.
As for other examples, the corn, sugar, and tobacco industries have used pseudo-education in the same fashion very successfully; people are damned for profits. For whatever reason, if Yugoslavia was indeed a "well-educated nation," however you defined the term, it sure did not work in Yugoslavia either.
JE comments: Agreed. Pseudo-education is worse than no education at all. I didn't want to bring Godwin into this, but let's now consider highly educated Nazi Germany, with its "scientific" racism and the like. To be sure, the decision makers in the short-lived Nazi era had not been educated under the system they created.
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