You hear of the United States being the "Melting Pot". The idea is that if you come to America, from anywhere in the world, you would adapt your lifestyle to the American way, embrace freedom, liberty, equality, and pursue the American Dream. Or at least something like that. Today, there are people who argue that it is chauvinistic and unethical to expect immigrants to assimilate to a way of life, a culture. In Europe, many have fled in the name of finding refuge from poverty and violence, but do not consider themselves European in culture or even name. Others say that immigrants can never be a part of a country like Germany, that a goose born in a stable doesn't make it a horse. So, should immigrants be expected to assimilate? Or is that unethical? Can they even truly assimilate or is culture rooted in a shared history? Should certain things be non-negotiable? And how do we address the issue of large populations of individuals who do not share similar cultures or values, and who are perhaps hostile against those carried by most in the West? I know what I think, but I invite you all to politely share your thoughts and feelings on the matter in strict accordance to the forum rules.