We’ve become a nation obsessed with diversity.
One can rarely pick up a newspaper or magazine, or tune in to radio or TV news programming without running into someone touting the value of diversity. As a nation, we’ve come to embrace the importance of recognizing different cultures, religions and ways of thinking.
This isn’t a bad thing.
Acknowledging other points of view, embracing new methods of problem solving and taking the time to consider things outside of our own realm of experience enriches our society. Failing to recognize diversity shuts us off from points of view that could conceivably offer solutions to problems and make our community a better place.
Philosopher J.S. Mill would love the diversity movement today. Mill wrote extensively on the importance of a robust “marketplace of ideas”, arguing that we need to entertain alternate opinions because ideas we find initially distasteful might just prove true.Details