Friday, October 19, 2018

true diversity requires tolerance


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diversity: the condition of being diverse.

For the idea of diversity to make sense, it needs to be defended across the spectrum.

diversity cannot limit itself 

diversity seeks diversity 

Thus, no argument within the diversity spectrum should be prohibited. There's a mounting call to censor diversity, to accommodate it to the political trends of the day (we know trends come and go). what's the main objection? 

of-fen-sive-ness

so, by today's standards this list should NOT BE:

Hitler's Mein Kempf, (offensive to jews)
Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses, (offensive to muslims)
Ginsberg's Howl (offensive to 1960s sexual mores)
Nabokov's Lolita (pedophilic content)
Burroughs' Naked Lunch (offensive to 1960s sexual mores)
Serranos' Piss Christ (offensive to Christians, late 1980s)
Hebdo's caricatures of Mohamed (offensive to Muslims)
Mapplethorpe's Black Book (still trending offense)
Prodigy's Smack My Bi*** Up (offensive to feminists)
Passolini's SALÒ (pornographic content)
Spasojevic's A Serbian Film,  (pedophilic content)

we need a system to negotiate proper balance among the different factions pulling diversity apart. 

this is called tolerance.

tolerance doesn't require you to accept -or reject- something, only that you allow it TO BE.

Voltaire offers good advice in his Treatise on Tolerance:
You have not given us hearts to hate one another and hands to kill one another; grant then that we may help each other to support the burden of this painful and transitory life! May the trifling differences among • the garments that cover our frail bodies, • the mode of expressing our insignificant thoughts, • our ridiculous customs,  •our imperfect laws, •our absurd opinions, and • our various conditions that appear so disproportionate in our eyes and so equal in yours —may all these little shades of difference among the atoms called "men" not be use by us as triggers for hatred and persecution! (para. 23, p. 46)
here's the question: am I ready to defend such-and-such even if it insults me, disgusts me?

true diversity requires tolerance.

1 comment:

Dr. Daniel Medina said...

True diversity requires respect. The standard of what should be tolerated should be grounded in whether or not the content edifies the dignity of people or provides compelling illustrations of where it was violated. However, the decadence of dignity isn't in and of itself comparable to the purpose of true art - unless one is willing to accept the proposition that true dignity and therefore true humanity isn't and so what's the point in tolerating or respecting it for that matter?