A recent Scientific American blog post dated October 24, 2016 was titled, We Champion Racial, Gender and Cultural Diversity--Why Not Viewpoint Diversity? See post at bit.ly/2dDtvY8 Some in our society don't believe that viewpoint diversity is critical and essential to our well-being because they view diversity as an escape from conservatism. They believe that we already know the conservative view, it is anathema to a peaceable existence, and we need not hear it repeated. Instead, they champion the views that are ideologically opposite, and ignore the fact that these become the only views to which we are exposed. It is similar to being stuck on one end of a seesaw (teeterboard), motionless because of the lack of weight and balance on the other end.
The concept of diversity is one that has been bandied about as an ideal, but in fact, it is an essential component of any just society. Diversity ensures that every member of the society feels valued and engaged as part of the one body of humanity. To disengage or ostracize anyone is equivalent to removing an essential component of the body. One feels the pain of disengagement, and feels less than whole and healthy when a body part is removed. The memory of the excised part never goes away. The same is true when we spiritually disengage a group or a member of the body of humanity. We feel the loss in perpetuity on a spiritual and psychological level, and we can never be the same as when we are whole.
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