Unity is important. Without unity, where would we be? Unity affects all of us, right down to being able to accept that in a game of football, maybe someone else is in a better place to score. Unity allows marraiges, relationships, friendships, and keeps them strong and binding. Without unity our society would not function.
Unity is a two-way thing. It requires one to give a part of one’s self, in order to recieve mutual good. If two people, two countries, two parties of any description refuse to give up anything, how can unity form between them?
Recently, the Middle East peacetalks have demonstrated this fact. It was required that both parties gave up a small part of their mutual hate in order to be able to talk about unity. About peace.
This week, David Cameron told the world that multiculturalism has failed. Has it? I don’t know. I have seen some beautiful things done in the name of multiculturalism. I have eaten the most fantastic foods. The balti dish, according to legend, is actually a fusion of traditional Indian tandoori food, and traditional British gravy.
But we have to accept, we aren’t doing very good job of it. Instead of absolute cohesion, people seem to be forming ghettoes, isolating themselves from the families around them. I can think of two reasons for this.
The first is obvious, and has been mentioned so many times that I scarecly need mention it. I can already see it buzzing around in your mind. These people, applying to be members of our country must learn to be cohesive. And yes, this is true. But we must be realistic about groups of people, many of whom have been fleeing from foreign forces, and what we can expect from them.
This brings me on to my second point.
We must also help them. Multiculturalism is unity. And unity requires both sides to share. And share we do not, as you may be able to tell you, aside from what causes cancer today.
So what should we be doing?
Running away from our atrocious ideas of ‘political correctness gone mad‘. Okay, so ‘PC’ can be a bit odd, but it’s better than the alternative, which is for the government to write letters beginning ‘Dear Nigger’. Don’t knock policial correctness, although don’t encourage it.
Secondly, we need to get stupid ideas about who we are dealing with out of our heads. Not all young asian men are plotting to blow up the world. Very few are, actually, and if we were to give them a country that they could be proud of, the might stop. Terrorists are generally second generation immigrantants, people who cannot understand why their parents would have moved, who have not even lived in the country with which they are associated, and invariable assocociate themselves with.
Why? Because we do not understand unity. We think that this law is about doing what we think best, and ignoring anyone who wants to try to make the world a better place.
Prisoners voting is not bad. It will have very little effect on anything. From a moral point of view, those who have commited crimes against the country maybe shouldn’t be able to influence the laws of the country, but giving these rights to prisoners may even encourage them to vote, thus increasing their participation in society, and decreasing re-offending rates.
To be quite honest, it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that we are no longer a world superpower. We must refuse this petty idea that we make the rules. No. We must now obey the rules that other people make. Thanks to our history, we still have some influence. Instead of flouncing around abusing this influence, we should be using it. If we do not think that this internanional law is right, we must fight it on the international level, not the national level. We must open up debate, not close it by ignoring anything that has been said.
This is unity, where, for international accord, we must sacrifice some of the things we believe in to hold on to those that are more important.
If David Cameron cannot understand the basic principle behind unity of giving to recieve, I’m not entirely sure he should be leading our country.