St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and the Failure to Differentiate
January 5, 2006

Human consciousness, as we know it today, was born about 6,000 years ago somewhere in what is now Iraq. Our earthly foreparents ate a magical fruit which gave them knowledge of good and evil. Only after gaining that knowledge did they fully appreciate the virtues of ignorance.

Alas, the act was irreversible. Ever since that time, a key aspect of being human is knowledge of good and evil. Regardless of all post-modern affectations of radical uncertainty (to which I largely subscribe, by the way), some things are obviously good, some things are obviously evil. We must differentiate.

This brings us to the text for today's homily, from the 01/04/2006 edition of the St. Paul Pioneer Press: Illegal immigration a 'real issue' by Bill Salisbury.

"The governor is wrong on this issue," said newly inaugurated St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. "Inclusion is the future, and trying to differentiate between people, instead of including all people and working together, is just the wrong message and the wrong direction."

As "multiculturalists" in power often do, Mayor Coleman has uttered a stark absurdity. How many Bantus does Coleman include in his dinner parties? How many radical Muslims? How many street people? How many inmates from the local insane asylum? How many cross country runners who have not taken their showers after a big race in July?

It is insulting to the intelligence of every citizen of St. Paul for Coleman to invoke the sentimentality of "inclusion" so glibly. Let me state what should be obvious: It is simply impossible to "include" everyone in everything.

If "inclusion is the future," then the future is death. That is the point when our human nature allows us to stop differentiating. Our souls go to an afterlife where we will exist in a state of spiritual unity under the Monarchy of God. The substances of our bodies become, once again, undifferentiated with the Earth whose materials sustained them.

While we dwell on Earth, it is right for us to support those collective entities from which we can hope to bennefit. A group of ten people will not bother co-operating if they know they will be forced to share the benefits of their co-operation with a thousand people. A freedom that does not include the freedom to exclude isn't much of a freedom.

If Chris Coleman wants to run the collective entity known as the City of St. Paul, Minnesota for the benefit of all humans on Earth, then I would suggest to the citizens of St. Paul that they find someone else to be their mayor.

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I learned of the Pioneer Press article from this Blog Article.

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