Identity on the Wire

Feyd-Rautha: [whispers] You see your death. My blade will finish you. Paul Atreides: [thinks] I will bend like a reed in the wind.

Feyd-Rautha: [whispers] You see your death. My blade will finish you.
Paul Atreides: [thinks] I will bend like a reed in the wind.

Identity is fluid and never solid.  We are not the same people today that we were yesterday, and we will not be the same people tomorrow.  That meddling tribe of Culture Distorters would have our identity wiped from the face of the Earth, but we are quite the resilient moving target.

Arguments against interracial marriage are tired, stale, and everything that can be said about the issue has already been said.  Truly, I have no need to exhaust myself repeating or rehashing any of the fine arguments that were made before my time– but let us instead consider why we are a hard target and cannot simply be washed away in a flood of forced integration..

For those who are fortunate enough to have known their grandparents, try to imagine, if you will, how much more different that your grandparents were from their own grandparents.  Try as we might there is never a perfect or ideal transmission of social and cultural identity from one generation to the next, so we can never have a perfect reproduction of ourselves.  We can come quite close but there will always be a small change of some manner.

Our society, culture, and our people do and will change over time.  Think about our identity and culture as a stiff piece of wire that is modified over time.  This a question about temporal change, that is, change over time. To understand how this works lets take the example of a piece of straight wire. Let’s measure the straight wire at the present moment and we’ll call that Time 1.  Now what if that same piece of wire is bent in the next moment that it is observed, say the following year, and we’ll call that Time 2.  Is the wire at Time 1 the same wire as it is at Time 2? Clearly, a straight wire is not the same as a bent wire, and status of straightness is incompatible with the status of being bent.

Now consider Leibniz’s law of indiscernibles. If there is no discernible difference between two objects then they are the same. We cannot say that a straight wire at Time 1 is the same object as a bent wire at Time 2. But, what if the wire at Time 2 was only slightly bent and that we could not discern a difference between it and the straight wire at Time 1?  My generation is not the same is my father’s generation, but there is a similarity.  Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference, right?  Leibniz’s law would say that my generation is the same as my father’s generation if there is no discernible difference.  Thank goodness that there is a difference because otherwise we would be giving the space-time continuum a run for its money!

The generation after ours is slightly different, but it seems very much the same. Let’s continue this same process until some later time, say, 100 generations later. After another 97 slight modifications to the wire (from one generation to the next), is it the same wire as from Time 1? Leibniz’s law of indiscernibles says no.  It’s the same kind of difference between your great grandfather’s generation and your own.  There are some uncanny similarities, but there are some definite and stark differences that would make our own generation definitively discernible from our grandparents’s generation.

So, how does the wire remain the same wire at every step between Time 1 and Time 100, yet not be the same wire at Time 1 and Time 100?  Simple, Leibniz’s Law of Indiscernibles. If you think that I’m making an argument in favor of forced integration on the grounds that nobody will notice if it’s done slowly enough, then you haven’t been listening to what I’m saying.  If you observed the wire (our identity) at Generation 1 and then not again until Generation 100 you would swear that there are two different cultures and not one (but, strictly and metaphysically speaking there are more than two cultures…). The difference in the two objects is suddenly discernible, and then the wire at Time 100 is a different wire than the one first given at Time 1.

We know when our society, our people, our culture, our identity is being forcefully twisted.  Neither are we blind.  We know who’s twisting our wire, and we will not let our identity be twisted into the image of another’s identity.  That is why we as a Western European people are a moving target, but the most important bend in our identity wire is the hook.  We know what shapes, and twists, and bends that our identity is supposed to have, and when the Culture Distorters think they have us trapped, we bend like a reed in the wind and then set our hook.  The Culture Distorters will be run out of town on a rail after we set that hook.  And that hook, that stab they feel is nationalism doing what it does best guarding our culture and identity. 


Thomas Buhls

I don’t think it’s right to say that “more education = less productive women”. The more worthwhile question should be _what are they learning_ and why does that have an impact on their lifestyle decisions.


The answer is day care centers on college campuses (take them out of the ghettos) and tuition discounts for married students enrolled in college. We have all the prostitutes and drug dealers any country might need. In fact, I would venture to say we have too many prostitutes and too many drug dealers. Maybe emmigration instead of immigration?

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