In the early 90s I was getting flak – particularly from the British comics press – for not being political enough. People were doing political comics about how Margaret Thatcher was a bad person, and I was talking about diversity of race and gender and sexuality. When I was asked about it in interviews I […]
The notion that the course in Western culture can be enriched by adding, to its core list of readings, books by women and persons of color not because they are the best or most appropriate for the subject in hand, but because of the race or sex or class of the author – a kind […]
The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.
So, let us not be blind to our differences-but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the meant by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.
“Our unity is in our diversity.” You can smell the spilled bong-water, can’t you? There’s a certain mindset that automatically finds profundity in oxymorons – it’s as if they believe that something so manifestly false must be true… I’m not saying people of different faiths can’t live together; obviously, they can if they want to. […]
Many great things indeed have been achieved by those who chose not to leap into the mainstream.
There never were in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity.
We live in a culture which values diversity so much it cannot draw distinctions. We still cling to the 60’s idea that behavior once considered antisocial is instead revolutionary and liberating. And so, if one takes a stand against evil, one is either paranoid, moralistic, uptight, or irrational. We don’t recognize evil as evil, can’t […]
Let us face a pluralistic world in which there are no universal churches, no single remedy for all diseases, no one way to teach or write or sing, no magic diet, no world poets, and no chosen races, but only the wretched and wonderfully diversified human race.
A good way of ridding yourself of certain kinds of dogmatism is to become aware of opinions held in social circles different from your own. When I was young, I lived much outside my own country in France, Germany, Italy, and the United States. I found this very profitable in diminishing the intensity of insular […]