As I’ve been digging a bit deeper into “Identity and the Other” (ITO) I have come across some interesting, thought provoking and then hair-raising theories.
Eugenics for one – [from Wikipedia: Eugenics is the “applied science or the biosocial movement which advocates the use of practices aimed at improving the genetic composition of a population,” usually referring to human populations.] It seems beyond preposterous and you might have guessed right, after WWll the whole idea of Eugenics much supported by the Nazis found a well-deserved and immediate death knell.
But think about where in your life you have witnessed or been involved with the ‘thought value’ of Eugenics. Has your best friend been in an interracial relationship to the horror of her family? In theory we are all very open minded and very generous with whom we befriend – how open are we when it comes to inviting an “Other” into our families and have them be part of our off-spring? What if your daughter showed up with a young man (or woman for that matter) of a totally different background – culturally, ethnically, socially?

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