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Old 09-09-2008, 03:14 PM
Location: Maryland
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Originally Posted by macmeal View Post
I can vouch for your compassion, Benicar....I've followed your posts and know your 'heart is in the right place'. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, once again I have to say, much of the rancor here is a matter of culture.

We here (most of us) are "First World" people. We've been 'trained' since childhood to see our system of laws as "good", because 'we the people' wrote them. Thus HERE in our 'First World' society, obeying the law takes on a 'moral' dimension..it's "good" to live within the law, and "bad" to break it.

In Mexico, as in much of the world, the law is not fair...it's not something 'the people' came up with..it's something IMPOSED upon them from above. Therefore, in these societies, there's no moral imperative to 'obeying the law'..one obeys the law ONLY when one MUST.

We, in our naivete, feel that "WE obey the laws of OTHER countries when we go there...why can't THEY obey OUR laws"? The answer, of course, is culture. Poor Mexican illegals have no 'tradition' of willingly obeying or respecting laws, because where they come from, the laws have no moral imperative. They've never lived under laws that were written by "them"...There, one obeys the law when he MUST..but, if he can 'get away with it', there's no shame in BREAKING the law. Illegal immigrants don't respect OUR laws, nor do they respect their OWN....because they've never lived under ANY 'respectable' legal system.

Culture is everything..and there's NO misunderstanding quite as contentious, as a CULTURAL misunderstanding. The future promises more and more of such 'failures to communicate', as we charge full speed ahead into the multicultural 'ideal' we've set for ourselves. One man's 'wrong' is another man's 'right'....
Thanks, macmeal! You have hit the nail on the head. Some people simply donít understand how culture dictates behavior. Unfortunately, itís not easy to modify ingrained behaviors. Itís particularly onerous when subjects are resistant to change.
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