Finding & Eliminating Hate
What good can come from a raft of NGOs and government entities that are involved in examining racism in Ireland? If you give lots of money to organisations whose principal objective is to seek out examples of racism, what will you get? The answer should be obvious: you get a mountain of reported incidents demonstrating clearly that Ireland is a racist country. In fact, the real situation is likely to be worse: what about unreported incidents? Conclusion: Ireland is probably permeated by endemic racism.
And no one is going to object to these findings. Imagine putting yourself forward to challenge the prevailing mood. Only a racist would do so. As a result, the active NGO can muster the support of a range of mutually sympathetic organizations (and there are many) that are looking at the current situation from slightly different angles. But they are all singing from the same hymn sheet and encouraging one another. Something must be done they suggest. The situation is unacceptable. It is appalling. In fact, it has got to be stamped out!
A vicious circle is set in motion. And without anyone shouting stop, slow down, or consider where we are going, it becomes a dynamo generating alarm. All non-activists must be brought in without delay. And that includes all of us. Those who are not advocates, are probably “suspects”. Even if your initial reaction is to defend yourself against being placed on the wrong side, did you know that there is such a thing as unconscious racism? Examine yourself: you are probably subconsciously racist.
Is Coercion the Answer?
The government and the EU who support these organisations must respond positively to the rising outrage. Imagine what would happen if they were not sympathetic. So, they join in. No choice here.
Since the authorities now have no generally acknowledged objective basis for persuading the masses (e.g., appeal to faith-based morality, etc.), then the only instrument that they have left to make the population conform is coercion. As a result, we get Ireland’s first hate crime bill. This will give the powers-that-be the means to apply a potentially lethal instrument that can support any ideological policy they or any future government decides to implement. Of course, the legislators claim that the law will be applied proportionately.
What am I implying? Denying that racism exists against the huge weight of accumulated evidence? Demeaning the seriousness of ingrained hatred? Should I and my like be cancelled out; ostracised from the culture? Perhaps I should be tried under Ireland’s new bill.
In my defence I would say that present trends are unhealthy. They are causing serious rifts in Western societies. In Ireland, they can only lead us down a path of institutional and State psychosis. And history shows that where coercion and ideology combine, tyranny follows. It is time to inject a sense of balance into the discussion.
A New Way Forward
The purpose of this article is not to diminish the importance of racial animosity in Ireland but to highlight the fact that there are other sides to the story, and these go largely unreported. The first no-go area is to examine animosity amongst non-Irish nationals towards the Irish, especially where a critical mass has developed. The second involves unearthing the gems of racial inter-mixing that could act as beacons for the development of harmonious interrelationships between different cultures.
It is hard to avoid the conclusion that there is more money to be made exposing the horrors of racism than drawing attention to the benefits that accrue from the joint involvement that Irish people and non-Irish nationals have in breaking down the walls of racism. I focus here on this point because, I feel, it offers benefits that far outweigh reliance on a single punitive instrument to stamp out a particular aspect racism while ignoring other dimensions of the issue. It will not work.
The most important first step towards a solution is to disentangle ourselves from the problem itself and readjust our understanding of who we are as humans. What is our real identity? This has been a minefield—until now. Fortunately, in recent decades it has become clear that science has given us an answer to this question, which has been inaccessible since ancient times. Without the enlightenment that science provides, we have had to depend on ever-changing subjective views, feelings and opinions about the people amongst whom we exist. And it is within these subjective notions that racism lurks.
The objective or scientific view of human identity has been incorporated into a new paradigm called Universal Identity. Details of the concept can be found elsewhere throughout this website, particularly here and here. And elsewhere here and here.
The most important takeaway from the science of identity is that DNA or human genetics is the new classifier for humankind. Our genes do not correlate well with commonly used tools of classification like race, ethnicity, culture or nation. In fact, race does not exist in terms of our DNA. Besides, human genetics resists the notion that fundamental internal divisions of any sort exist in humanity. Differences are one of grade rather than essence. We are, indeed, one human family.
It becomes inescapable that the concept of Universal Identity is not only relevant to Ireland but to every nation on earth. A universal perspective of identity is particularly appropriate for the times in which we live. It suits us, as humans, who are in the process of overlapping with each other in ever-increasing numbers on our finite planet. The universal definition represents a change in paradigm of several magnitudes and gives us power to create an identity landscape that correlates perfectly with our human condition rather than seeking—as we do now—to know who we are in a jumble of elusive subjective viewpoints. Eliminating confusion about our identity is the first concrete step towards fomenting a solid base on which to construct a lasting and peaceful coexistence amongst all peoples.
Raymond M. Keogh