Why is xenophobia a rational behavior

  • Yes, It is a natural process.

    Since childhood we have developed the sense of possession. What is ours cannot be shared or given to others. This is so instinctive that as we grow older, It manifest itself to fear strangers.

    The problem is when the child isn't taught enough about sharing and cooperation and alliances. That person as a grown-up has deeper insecurities and develops an out right hatred for outsiders.

  • Let's be intellectually honest

    Xenophobia is absolutely biological and it definitely has learned aspects in today's society. Racism is pretty much learned, Babies do not hate other babies from other races, No reaction to someone looking different. The babies learn it from parents who react strongly to what ever situation. That being said, When you have a migration crisis in a gigantic scale like in Europe, Where millions of people from a completely different culture, Values, Beliefs, Language and behavior suddenly drops on your head, Quite literally, Of course there will be a reaction, Which is not based on hate or racism. This kind of situation will absolutely have complicated reactions from millions of people! Xenophobia is genetic because humans are social animals, We desire a pack, Our group where we belong. This is a fact. Through this there will be my group and your group. Actually this whole discussion in politics proves it! My group is right, You are wrong! That is exactly what I mean. We have a need to unify and a need to have our own group which means there will always be the other group which may possibly try to take my stuff even by force. Completely natural with some learned behavior mixed in it. Why can't we just be intellectually honest about this?

  • A natural instinct.

    As humans we’ve worked hard to create our own territories, cultures and societies. For something different to come along and potentially undermine that instills a natural sense of protection. Our instincts tell us that the alien culture has potential to errode our own values to the affect of our children, family and friends. Many animals are protective of their own space. Surely we are the same. Some may argue that children aren’t interested in colour of skin and therefore it is learned but I would pose on that note that actually, none of us particularly care about the colour of someone’s skin and can even love some of those attributes. But; would you want anything alien to come directly into your home and change stuff around? No! It’s nothing to do with colour. It’s territorial instinct. This needs to be recognised and defined properly.

  • It's human nature.

    All animals are somewhat territorial. And humans are animals, we act territorial, and we are territorial. We are raised with the attitude that what is ours is ours (some are taught better than others that sharing is good). Humans are instinctive just as animals are. Think of China and India, They have borders and are territorial about it.

  • Xenophobia is an adaptive evolutionary trait.

    Xenophobia is completely natural from an evolutionary perspective and would have helped to keep an individual organism safe in more dangerous times. Neighbouring tribes and individuals could well be dangerous and the trepidation caused by what we now call xenophobia would've created an arousal of the central nervous system and prepare an organism for 'fight or flight'.
    It would be much less of a problem to treat strangers as dangerous by default, and get it wrong, than to treat all strangers as safe until reason to believe otherwise (as today's PC, tin foil hat brigade would have us doing). I'm this way xenophobia is as natural and here to stay as our natural urges towards procreation and avoidance of pain etc.
    Xenophobia isn't all bad or good for modern, first world, living but I'm afraid it's here to stay until we evolve otherwise or, more likely, the human race becomes extinct....I'm afraid the bleeding hearts will just have to put up with it.

  • It is completely natural

    Fearing people or things that are strange, foreign, weird, bizarre, etc. is a completely natural instinctive reaction. It's a form of self-protection for ourselves as well as the protection of our offspring (no normal person wants themselves or especially their kids being approached by someone or something strange or weird).

  • It is completely natural

    Fearing people or things that are strange, foreign, weird, bizarre, etc. is a completely natural instinctive reaction. It's a form of self-protection for ourselves as well as the protection of our offspring (no normal person wants themselves or especially their kids being approached by someone or something strange or weird).

  • Xenophobia is a legitimate phobia

    Xenophobia, an instinctive mechanism of survival, has been viewed as less of a phobia and more of a crime or an act of violence. One has to concede that xenophobia is but a phobia. It is on the basis of this perspective that I believe that xenophobia natural human behaviour. So if one is to oppose this phenomen, one should first understand then judge xenophobia for what it REALLY IS, nothing but a phobia, a natural human behaviour.

  • People fear the unknown

    Xenophobia is rooted in our ignorance of other cultures and peoples just as our fear of space is rooted in our lack of understanding it and knowing what is actually out there. Notice, the idea of space aliens. The idea can be traced back, millenniums. We fear what is not known and other places, other cultures are not known to us.

  • Deep natural instinct

    Xenophobia and racism are a natural part of humanity because it ensures that we remain regionally diverse. At least 96% of humanity has brown eyes and dark hair. 2% are natural blondes, 1.5-2% are natural redheads and 4% are non- brown eyed. If all of humanity completely lost all of its racism and xenophobic instinct, and all of humanity became one huge mixed race worldwide, then that would lead to no more regional diversity. Everyone would eventually have brown skin, brown eyes and dark hair. All the natural blondes/redheads and non-brown eyed people would become bred out into extinction. People would complain about not having anymore racial and cultural diversity. The world would become a boring brown eyed and dark haired form of humanity. Of course, extreme racism and xenophobia are not a good practice, but having mild to moderate forms of racism and xenophobia is fine as it helps to keep humanity regionally diverse. Mild to moderate racism and xenophobia translates as a people who deeply respect and care about their unique ethnicity/race, culture, heritage and land, and want to keep it all alive and preserved for their future generations. It keeps the world of humanity interesting and colourful. If racism and xenophobia were not meant to be a part of human nature at all, it wouldn't exist in the first place.