The following essay appeared at Politically Incorrect on August 29. Many thanks to JLH for the translation:
The Welcoming Culture as An Expression of a Cultural Coma
On Monday, on Menschen (People) with Markus Lanz, there was a student of German Studies who had visited a Syrian refugee camp. He introduced himself as a member of the “Drink-Until-You’re-Comatose generation which has to finally wake up”. The impression was of a friendly young man, even if his shock at what he had experienced was not easy to accept, because his outrage seemed a bit too smooth, his eloquence too matter-of-course. I could be wrong. At any rate, not much from him except for the usual commonplaces: the EU must do more; the expenditures for the EU meeting in Elmau were not commensurate with refugee aid; the very category of “refugee” or “asylum-seeker” is an affront. Each person must be perceived as having an individual destiny, i.e., the Syrian teacher’s family, the Syrian physician, etc.
Wake up, young man! That is exactly what German asylum law does, and it does not make cursory examinations. A little research before appearing on TV is not a bad idea. And it should have been said: the Syrian jihadist, the rapist from Aleppo, the Assad secret agent. But conceivably not for Mr. Lanz.
So that’s how it is. However, the friendly but clueless young man’s talk poses another question: that is, whether the German love of foreigners is based on compassion or lack of education, lack of knowledge, loss of culture. Not even a German Studies student, who should love and preserve the German language, its songs, stories, ballads and poems, recognizes that the present invasion is causing cultural destruction, as may be seen everywhere around us. And still, this vehement espousal of a completely indiscriminate welcome of alien cultures! Have these people really no connection to what they are studying — something which should be their lifeblood? Do they not think at all about what the core of German Studies is and what that means for their life and ideas? Every humanistic study is based on cultural difference, on the uniqueness of the thing, its history and values. For that reason alone, there are fields like Romance Language Studies, Sinology, Islam — because there are differences, because not everything is Esperanto. But this is a mystery hidden from the German Studies student. He is representative of the modern type of good-hearted, clueless barbarian from Anything-Goes. So why not apprentice to a butcher even if your are Vegan?
So most Germans have long since become Bitburgers.* In the brewery’s ad is a tree which has which has fallen over onto a neighbor’s property, and now the responsible property owner advances with a couple of bottles of “peace pilsener” (Friedens-Pils). “When neighbors become friends…” the ad says, and naturally the beer is only the first step to the growing friendship. Yet there is the suspicion that the beer is not only the spark for friendship, but is actually its only content. Generation Drink-Until-You’re-Comatose. If someone has no sense of his own values, he considers all people nice, no matter what they believe, think or represent. For the drinker, everyone is welcome to drink; for the person with no culture, everyone is welcome. If you no longer stand for anything, you have no grounds to reject anyone else. This is the Welcoming Culture as an expression of cultural coma. It is not the classless society that is the end of all differentiation and every history — only the culture-less society will achieve that. So, pass me a “Bit” please!
* Home of the Bitburg Brewery in the Rhineland-Palatinate.