I think this has already been passed here…but this quote was so important developmentally, that I wanted to send again!
The current crisis has its origins in the collapse of European hegemony over North Africa after World War II and the Europeans’ need for cheap labor. As a result of the way in which they ended their imperial relations, they were bound to allow the migration of Muslims into Europe, and the permeable borders of the European Union enabled them to settle where they chose. The Muslims, for their part, did not come to join in a cultural transformation. They came for work, and money, and for the simplest reasons. The Europeans’ appetite for cheap labor and the Muslims’ appetite for work combined to generate a massive movement of populations.
The matter was complicated by the fact that Europe was no longer simply Christian. Christianity had lost its hegemonic control over European culture over the previous centuries and had been joined, if not replaced, by a new doctrine of secularism. Secularism drew a radical distinction between public and private life, in which religion, in any traditional sense, was relegated to the private sphere with no hold over public life. There are many charms in secularism, in particular the freedom to believe what you will in private. But secularism also poses a public problem. There are those whose beliefs are so different from others’ beliefs that finding common ground in the public space is impossible. And then there are those for whom the very distinction between private and public is either meaningless or unacceptable. The complex contrivances of secularism have their charm, but not everyone is charmed.
At the core here are ValuDYNAMICS:
Different ways in which means serve ends.
The quote critically framed the dance:
“… secularism also poses a public problem. There are those whose beliefs are so different from others’ beliefs that finding common ground in the public space is impossible.”
It appears…that a values basin has a bell curve distribution…and that once you leave a basin to gain/tolerate more freedom, the distribution shifts to long tail distribution…
What this “might” mean is that it will be towards impossible to coalesce and gain cohesion among those in long tail distributed space when no superordinate scaffolding is present.
This alone has serious implications for policy and explains the ground of Europe…in a literal and figurative sense.