For all the cant about cultural relativism preached in universities and elsewhere, many modern bien-pensants remain just as confident as any past colonialist or missionary that theirs is a culture superior to all others. Why otherwise would Western aid agencies, the activities of one of which I have had some opportunity to observe in the South Pacific, be so assiduous in seeking to impose on those they are "aiding" the secular West's obsessions with "diversity", "gender balance", "correct" language and condom use? I sometimes wonder whether the aid such entities ostensibly dispense is not the Trojan horse by which these "progressive" notions are to be introduced into cultures that still believe in traditional marriage and Christianity and the other things an earlier generation of colonialists instilled in them but which are sneered at and reprehended in the contemporary West.
21 January 2013
Argus has just returned from five weeks in Fiji.