For context, please see Towards a Manifesto for a Minimally Intolerant Civilization: Part 1.
Note: the notion of diversity (i.e. weirdness in layperson language) is fundamentally subjective. One person’s weirdness is just what another person considers normal. Because of this, one must be careful with phrases like “my diversity” or “your diversity”. When I say “my diversity”, I could be referring either to what I judge to be weird about myself, but I might also be referring to what you judge to be weird about me. Similar remarks apply to phrases like “your diversity” or “her diversity”, etc. Because both interpretations are valid, I will take care in what follows to qualify which interpretation I’m using, unless either it doesn’t matter or is perhaps clear from the context.
Some Basic Principles Of Diversity Acceptance
For now at least, and until I encounter the sort of evidence that might change my mind, I hold at least these principles to be reasonable:
- Genuine diversity acceptance can only begin with genuine self acceptance of one’s own diversity. The better I can genuinely accept what I judge to be weird about myself, the better I can genuinely accept what I judge to be weird about you. I assume that you could affirm likewise, but please let me know if you think I’m wrong to assume that.
- Therefore, if I would like you to accept my diversity (what you judge to be weird about me), I should encourage you to accept your own (what you judge to be weird about yourself).
- Some forms of intolerance are necessary and good (e.g. intolerance of murder, rape, theft, pedophilia, etc.)
- The very best form of intolerance would be that which minimizes the need for any sort of intolerance overall.
- Intolerance is always on trial, and should never be given the benefit of the doubt. Intolerance is always presumed wrong unless proven right.
- One should always remain vigilant to the possibility that what was once a good form of intolerance has somehow turned bad.
I would love to know what you think about the above, especially if any of it rings false to you in some way.
Note: I’m not sure yet if there will be a part 3, but in the event I will post a link to it here.
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