Chauvinism is the prejudiced belief in the superiority of one’s own group, race, kind, gender, religion, culture, sect over the others. The word originated from French, after a legendary French soldier Chauvin, who was blindly patriotic and loyal to Napoleon. Chauvinism can be xenophobic, the irrational hatred of anything alien or outside your tribal circle.
It is a paradox. At a time when being global is celebrated, we see more chuvinism in our daily life. It used to be just male chauvinist. Now we hear about racial chauvinist, religious chauvinist, cultural chauvinist. Could they be reactions against the onslaught of globalisation? that people get drawn into their shell at the sight of impending threats.
In my opinion, nothing compares to the display of chauvinism we see in South Africa during Aparthied or in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or even the breakup of Yugoslavia. When chauvinism rears its ugly head we need to remind ourselves that South Africa, Israel and Yugoslavia are real possibilities.
Chauvinism will always be around. The challenge is to contain them and not to make them mainstream. The role of the silent majority is to ensure these voices of unreason and irrational thoughts remain in the minority , marginalised and isolated. They are easy to demolish, by the use of reason, logical arguments, rationality, and most importantly being just and fair.
At a time when we are supposed to be the wise 50 year old, we hear voices of unreasons, which could be due to pure ignorance but beware, there are chauvinists lurking behind ready to pounce and hijack our goodlife.
I call upon fellow bloggers, readers and visitors to write on this theme” ImPAC – mobilising people against chauvinism”. You are invited to link your site or any other articles in other sites that share the same theme. I have written a few essays on the subject which is linked here;
Who knows, we may be able to publish a book, if we have enough contributors to mPAC.
Or you could just sign in, just to show you are Proxtively against chauvinism.