There are indeed themes in OLB dealing with the different races and problems mixing them.
IMO, the best summary of what the book is about, is the gradual decline of an ancient civilization or culture.
Yes, there are certainly themes in the OLB which are dealing with the mixing of races. Of course, problems arise when races are mixed. It is close to impossible for a person to change his/her culture and ways of behaviour overnight. At the same time, when two or more cultures or races are becoming mixed, they all benefit from it over time - both culturally and racially. People are not evolving without having problems to solve, though, but mixed cultures and races are developing new and better qualities. It's the same as in the animal world - the mixing of dog races, for instance, creates better characters in dogs.
It is right that the book is about a declining civilization or culture, but it was doomed to decline because it missed something, which the invaders provided - first and foremost the Christian doctrines of "turning of the other cheek", which at last stopped the internal wars, and of humanitarianism. But at the same time our culture is still intact - it has just received an important injection. Look what the European culture has become today: the regular cultural leader of the world - for the time being with the multicultural USA in front. And at the harbour of New York you have Freyja standing with her lamp of fire - the Goddess of Freedom. How the empire of USA is acting around the world, suppressing other peoples because it believes it is superior to others, is another question, though. It certainly needs to be confronted in the form of problems in some form or another so that its pride can be lowered. The Twin Towers incident was hopefully an awakening. It is like with nations as with individuals: When you meet a person who obviously feels he is superior to others, you say: "What does he think he is? I want to hit him, that arrogant son of a b****!" And he gets the problem he need for being able to change.
USA has still its cultural problems to solve, though, but it has made big progress; and Europe is still in the act of learning its cultural or racial lessons. But the question remains: will we do the same mistake as last time we had a bad economical time. Then it was the Jews, now it is the Moslems...
Edited by Apol, 16 March 2013 - 08:27 AM.