Alright I feel like discussing this.
It’s difficult to ever bring it up without being accused of being racist or what have you.
So let me say from the outset that I have no problem with people from any other race or culture. In fact I love the diversity of the world - I find, and have since I was young, other cultures fascinating, and I love learning about the world.
Yet with the way things go in the modern world, barriers are being increasingly broken. But no one - at least no one in power - seems to be bother to consider the consequences.
One language, one culture. Every city is the same globalised culture. Does this sound appealing or interesting to you?
We try preserve dying cultures and languages, but the way technology is advancing - communication, transportation and the like, the inevitable result is the hubris tower of Babel. And there is the illusion that we live in some transcendent society that is immune to the human condition.
Anyway, in many Western countries - and Australia is a good example - immigration rates are huge. Consider a country of 25m bringing 200-400k new citizens a year. Most end up in the capital cities. The result is very obvious for anyone living in them.
As a result the identity of the country has completely changed… to what? There is no identity as a result.
That’ the thing. I’m fascinated by other cultures, and love learning about them. That’s why I learned Mandarin, and lived in China and Taiwan. But I’m also rather fond of the Australian identity, and I’d rather it persists. Within a few generations it will be night but completely gone.