Amphiist 39: The emotional value of diversity

· Philosophy, Politics

There are many sides fighting to influence our world view

We need to listen to all of them (free speech)

Including what the mainstream media refuses to cover

The rest of us are entitled to our perspectives:

Shia Muslims, men’s right activists, socialists, etc.

Amphiist is a Greek word meaning looking at both sides

Amphiist (39)

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February 1, 2018                                Today in the...

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Mainstream media perspective

The mainstream media, when it discusses diversity, focuses on how much it contributes to a nation’s competitiveness worldwide and how it is to citizens’ benefit to have different races and especially cultures in the workplace, all sharing ideas and offering new perspectives that aid the bottom line. America has a moral obligation, the media says, to welcome diversity because the country is founded on it. Although the poem inscribed at the bottom of the Statue of Liberty mentions welcoming the huddled masses was a kind of afterthought to the founding of America, that does not lessen its importance. The media espouses the benefits of chain migration, the visa lottery to increase the chances of diversity in America (Turn page over for another perspective)

 

The Other Side

As correct as the mainstream media’s take is on diversity, there is another side to it, or perhaps just an extension of what they have said. There is an emotional value to diversity, and I don’t ever see this idea mentioned.

There are many emotional benefits to diversity. And they cut across all areas of life. One value is in the political realm. Emotional diversity in politics takes the form of caring about people who are not your in-group. If someone is born American, enveloped in that culture, it can be of enormous benefit to them on an individual level to be exposed to another culture, preferably as different as possible. That way, they can ask questions about their own politics to see where they have gone wrong…and right.

Another advantage to diversity, emotionally speaking, is in the area of relationships and sex. If there really were two genders only, with no ambiguities or nuances, what a boring world it would be. Of course, there are two main genders. But the nuance which comes from a young drag queen or someone who looks like a man but feels like a woman is astonishing. Because these depart from the norm, they help us understand the norm and its beauty. And in so doing, we also celebrate the beauty of the 9-year-old boy who likes to dress up.          If you would like to see this newspaper in print, so that the average person is exposed to these alternative perspectives, then please consider donating to my Paypal account at jaclyncarter2005@gmail.com.

 

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