I [once] wrote on a public message board "you can either have diversity or equality, pick one."
Everyone disagreed with me, but no one even attempted to explain why or talk through the issue. They couldn't even think about the issue. To them there was nothing to think through. In their brain there is an imprint, made somewhere by something unknown to them, that equality and diversity are both good and exist and should be pursued simultaneously.
It was one more clue to me that even intelligent people are miseducated so that they won't be able to think.
bionic mosquito June 18, 2020 at 8:27 AM
Yes, I am afraid this is quite correct.
Actually, I am now thinking that you can have both, but the implications of this are totally lost on most of the “intelligent” people chanting these words. But I am getting ahead of myself.
the state or fact of being diverse; difference; unlikeness: diversity of opinion.
a point of difference.
the state or quality of being equal; correspondence in quantity, degree, value, rank, or ability.
uniform character, as of motion or surface.
Things that are different cannot be equal; things that are unlike cannot have the same value. So, RMB is right – you can’t have both. Except…if you eliminate value.
Things can be diverse and equal if we value the diversities equally. If there is no difference in value of dark and light, good and evil, lie or truth, tall or short, kindness and abuse, then we can have both diversity and equality. And we will not end with the highest values, but the lowest.
But…then…what’s the point of diversity? If we value the differences equally, then why care for the differences? If we want differences, then we must not hold these in equal value.
So…maybe RMB is right after all.
Now…I can think of how to make these two work together in a meaningful way, and in the context of the discussion / violence / riots occurring today. Let me see…how can I put it succinctly?
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
Martin Luther King would get kicked out of the club for saying this today, but there it is. In any case, most of the intelligent and unintelligent people chanting diversity and equality don’t want what King offered. They want, kind of, the opposite.
Actually, I skipped one of the definitions for diversity. It is the third on the list of four, but I suspect it will soon move up to number two…and then one (demonstrating diversity at the expense of equality):
The inclusion of individuals representing more than one national origin, color, religion, socioeconomic stratum, sexual orientation, etc.
This definition includes a clarifier: diversity in the workplace. The definition for equality also includes a clarifier: equality in the workplace.