Ethics: Postcolonialism (and its research)

Being a traveller and having a very basic perspective in business I can understand why people would want to colonize places. I mean, there are places in the world that are not as wonderful as others so of course people would want to migrate, industrialize and live in. If I could pick up my entire family and friends, move them to a tropical climate or somewhere deep in the mountains, open a brewery or dive shop I would in a heartbeat.

What if the place we moved to didn’t want me there or what if people in my circle didn’t agree with the inhabitants who lived there before us? What if our religions didn’t agree, or the food we ate offended them or what if the music we listened to was in some way blasphemous?

Do we get guns and massacre them all and turn them into slaves? Do they slaughter us and enslave us? Can we make it work somehow, do we want to make it work somehow? After a decade or a half-century or several centuries how will we feel about each other and what has happened between us?

These are the problems with colonization, ultimately leading to postcolonialization. Many will argue that it is wrong to indoctrinate people who don’t want to be indoctrinated and I for one agree. However, this is not always the case and the people who think they are doing good. I’m sure the CEO of the North Dakota Pipeline surely thinks they are doing good by bringing crude oil through the country, and it can be, except there are many people who highly oppose it for good reason. What will happen in the years later once it becomes established? It will probably end up just like Flint, Michigan. A city with poisoned water and a government who simply doesn’t care to fix the problem, a government who has participated in making the situation far worse than it should be. I used the North Dakota Pipeline for a few reasons to describe postcolonialism, because as bad of an idea as it is, there is underlying good in it. No matter what people say until we find a better solution for crude oil – we need it, literally every single thing you see in the modern world needs or has needed oil during its production in some way or another. This is the same idea that the people who choose to colonize believed introducing (imposing) religion was essential to spread the world of whatever god it is they believed in. This is the same idea why the police force are currently against the people who oppose the pipeline (humans who are hurting humans over money) which can be related to slavery on an abstract scale and this is why the government won’t step down and admit they’re wrong, because in the eye of the public they have to be seen as faultless.

Is the pipeline or colonization wrong? It doesn’t have to be. Has it proven throughout history to be unethical due to the mistreatment of humans and the environment? Of course it has.

In regard to research ethics, any idea can seem good but a person should always try to view the topic from as many perspectives as possible and approach the situation with an unbiased opinion, forming an opinion which has the best possible outcome for everybody involved.


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