So I was rude, abrupt and dismissive of Denis’ opinion. Guilty on all accounts. But he had to be challenged. If he was looking for a sympathetic ear to reinforce his perspective, he emailed the wrong person. However, I believed he did what I hoped he’d do and had a look at the issue from another perspective.
Here’s his response, which I didn’t include in the original “Our nation is becoming unhinged – an email exchange” blog so as not to cloud the debate.
Thank you Kelvin – I appreciate this information and will think it through carefully.
It seems to me Maori and Europeans need to learn more about how each group works and thinks… and learn to respect the important stuff. Perhaps newspaper articles on different aspects of culture?
I think it must work both ways … and how do we solve the problem about people not being able to do things like: walk on top of the mountain if you are a mountain climber and this is something that they normally want to do and other stuff like that?
There must be a way that would be mutually satisfactory. But we must learn to understand and respect each other better and also to live together in harmony … don’t you agree?
It seems you are in a very good position to initiate some new ideas in this direction. That would be fantastic. Again, I appreciate your excellent reply.
Go for it and all the best — Denis