We have all been part of this “phenomena”, and we continue to do so on a daily basis without realizing what our position is within the bigger organisim; and picture.
South Africa is a very diverse country, different folks and they all have their different strokes, and we can all recognise this regardless of our own position in life which forms part of a bigger picture.
I call it a phenomena because it just happens, with or without your concent when you as an individual or you as part of a family unit decide to take up habitation with other people in an established group or community.
This is also true for Valhalla
No, not the Nordic dwelling of the gods, but the Valhalla much closer to the heart of “Die Republiek van Suid Afrika”
The issue at hand is regarding the construction of a mosque in a very Afrikaans-Christian orientated neighborhood.
On the one side, you have 3000 residents of Valhalla saying that a mosque should not be errected because of various issues. Some of the issues one might descibe as issues with a racist undertone.
Other issues are issues which clearly show the ignorance of people when it comes to other people, their culture and their believes.
On the other side you have 250 Muslim families who make up part of the Valhalla community as they are staying there who want a place for worship.
Clearly, if one works on the motto of Commander Spock which some of you might know is truly a logical approach, then one should accept the fact that “The needs of the many outweight the needs of the few, or the one”
As much as I cherish the logic of Spock one has to make exceptions, and this has been true in many of the Star Trek episodes and movies where the Prime Directive was overlooked to ensure the well being of all, and for me, this is where we should meet each other as a group inside of a bigger group.
So, the question needs to be asked, when does it become an “Us vs Them” issue when both parties are staying within the same community?
As for me person opinion on the matter.
For me there is only an “us”, smaller communities which make up little bigger communities, which eventually falls under the community of mankind.