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 […]
The students at Yale came from all different backgrounds and all parts of the country. Within months, I knew many of them. (From A Charge To Keep, by George W. Bush, published November 1999)
Once upon a time we knew what to do. A British district officer, coming upon a scene of suttee, was told by the locals that in Hindu culture it was the custom to cremate a widow on her husband’s funeral pyre. He replied that in British culture it was the custom to hang chaps who […]
Let us celebrate the multicultural differences that made America great.
As a general rule, the more noisily an institution proclaims its commitment to diversity, the more slumped in homogeneity it gets – at least when it comes to the only diversity that matters, not diversity of race or gender or orientation, but diversity of ideas.
It is very important to understand that pluralism is part of our system. We don’t all think the same thing and part of our strength is that we come from different perspectives. We have to respect one another even when we disagree with each other. There has to be a spirit of tolerance for the […]
What I will argue is not that people lack curiosity or that street corners will disappear but instead that there is an insistent need for them, and that a system of freedom of expression should be viewed partly in light of that need. What I will also suggest is that there are serious dangers in […]
Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope.