Friday, August 2, 2013

Colonialism today

Is there room for empathy in Eurocentricity?

Western perspectives characteristically zero in on individual responsibility when looking at problems and social issues experienced by Aboriginal Canadians. Non-Western perspectives tend to look at the whole picture through historical and cultural perspectives. 

Add a small dose of empathy and a dash of historical perspective to Eurocentrism and it's not that difficult to "get" what the role of colonialism has been in many modern-day tragedies that on the surface appear to be caused by lawlessness and lack of individual responsibility. It's often rather difficult for those who enjoy privileges in today's society to make a minimum effort. They don't have to. It's easier and feels better to be sanctimoniously dismissive.