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Diversity has become a big buzzword. It has become a battle cry of political correctness, another buzzword. I was tempted just to leave it alone, but I must be in a combative frame of mind, because I think I’m going to speak my mind this morning.
First, let me say that I hate no one single individual. This isn’t about religion, or homophobia, or islamophobia, or any other phobia.
It’s about this incredible inability we human being seem to have. What is that inability?
We are unable to leave people alone to live their lives according to their own principles, whether those principles are of faith, politics, or culture.
If we believe something, then everyone has to accept/believe it, too. If they don’t, they are bigots. Haters. Phobics.
It starts young. As a teacher, I watched little kindergarten princesses turn their snotty little backs on the poor little girl whose parent couldn’t put out the money for the designer clothes and shoes and hair gunk. Amazing. Five-year-olds who refuse to accept diversity unless they are the ones who introduce it. Then, anyone who refuses to accept/approve of their current fashion passion is a nerd, a geek, a loser.
We’ve become inured to name-calling in this lamentable political primary season.
It continues all through elementary school, junior high and high school, college, and into the work place. March in line to the drumbeat of whoever sets the standard, or you’re out. OUT. No one talks to you. No one recognizes your own unique diversity if it conflicts with their own. You must conform, or you are just a trouble maker.
Everyone else eats hummus, but you happen to like sour cream and onion dip. WHAT?? Don’t you know how cool hummus is, that it’s the healthier dip, that all the people in the know turned their backs on the pedestrian sour cream and onion dip, like, FOREVER ago?
I know that we need a system of laws. No one can be allowed to step on anyone else’s life, or pursuit of happiness without serious consequences taking place. I’m not advocating that we live without law.
What I wish is that law would concern itself with national safety, economy, and infrastructure like roads and bridges, and leave personal choices alone. The more we are governed about matters of faith, morality, and so on, the less freedom we have to be who we really are. The more we make protective laws for tiny minorities who want all of society to approve of their choices, the less freedom we have to protect our children from things they don’t need to know about.
When we have to be silent about a closely -held conviction for fear of losing a job, we have lost our First Amendment freedoms and there wasn’t even a battle over it.
Words like diversity and tolerance have come to mean that you are a good guy only if you believe that everything is okay, no matter what your faith, culture, or personal sense of right and wrong may tell you.
And what I will tell you now is that I will publish your comments only if you are courteous and manage not to use vulgar, profane, and hateful language.
It is completely possible to speak your mind and speak it clearly without resorting to being vulgar, hateful, and profane.