Monday, March 25, 2013

Diversity is Good

Thinking on the high IQ of the Alpine peoples (higher than the average Han), it strikes the eye how diverse they are. In Switzerland, ten or more ethnic diverse ethnic groups co-exist in a miniature federation now for seven centuries in peace and harmony. You have the Swiss Germans, who speak an uncomprehensible dialect, you have the French, and the Italians and the so on. Each valley is a closed inbred tribe. Each village hates its neighbors as only close neighbors know to do. Yet all that diversity and mutual enmity makes a solid confederation and the Helvetic Confederation has proved its solidity and ability to defeat its enemies. In this world where national entities tend to fraction and disperse, the Swiss stand together. The secret?

It is their high IQ. Swiss are the most xenophobic people of all and hate strangers like no others on Earth, yet at the same time, they can keep silent, avoid offending each other, and work and fight together. They know that union makes might and they organize themselves to take advantage of their hated diversity. One striking quality of the Swiss is their modesty, who knows the name of the Swiss President? Is he or she a German, Italian, Romance or what? Is there a President at all?

Bottom line: Diversity is Good (for high IQ people). For the rest of us, a catastrophe.




C. Iuli Caesaris "De Bello Gallico" is a true report of Caesar's ten years of war conquering Europe. The Romans were not genocidical, and Caesar in special was famous for his clemency. The only people Caesar exterminated wholesale - warriors, women and children - were the Helvetians (one of their subtribes). Why the Swiss? Maybe Caesar, a military genius, felt that they were stronger than his Legions and feared their smartness, duplicity and military power.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe having lots of groups is better than just say 2 as in Belgium or Quebec?

The Swiss also have a decentralized (federal) system - that helps by allowing a lot of local autonomy.

K

Anonymous said...

Maybe having lots of groups is better than just say 2 as in Belgium or Quebec?

The Swiss also have a decentralized (federal) system - that helps by allowing a lot of local autonomy.

K

Anonymous said...

BTW, the propaganda sticker full of doublespeak is worthy of Orwell.

K

B said...

The spambot is actually worth keeping around for comedic relief.

Note that the high-IQ Japanese have not particularly been an example of peace and harmony throughout their history.

Anonymous said...

I've been reading about the jewish life in the Roman Republic/Empire.

It seems that there was a jewish lobby in Rome that sided with Julius Caesar because of his aliance with Hyrcarnus.

J said...

Caesar was very popular among the Jews and he was very friendly to them. When killed, he had several laws in preparation that would have made the Jews an even more privileged group that they already were. Tacitus has a very realistic and favourable book the Jews, except that he quotes all the Greek nonsense of the origin of the Jews. For example, he quotes one idiot saying that we must have originated in Mount Idea, so the name judeans.