We need hate control and diversity of ideas

The United States is filled with too many intolerant people who despise others with different opinions, especially about politics. Our leaders—who seem incapable of solving any problem—are protected by vast armadas of partisan zealots eager to eviscerate people who dare disagree with them. That's the mark of bigotry.

bigot (noun): (1) a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing opinion, belief, or creed; (2) a person who is obstinately intolerant of any ideas other than his or her own, especially on politics or religion, and has animosity toward those of differing beliefs.

Too many people value diversity of skin color but not diversity of ideas, which is crucial to a free society. Yet the ones who wage war on racism usually limit their conniption fits to cases in which they have a political axe to grind; they turn a blind eye to shockingly blatant racism, such as that I reported years ago. It didn't fit their political agenda that shapes their values—and warps them, creating a prism that can't see real racism that leaves dead bodies. Yet they're so eager to see racism they use trivial violations of political correctness as proof of racism even though the PC standards are so draconian that virtually everyone, including President Obama and an esteemed surgeon, is guilty of breaking them.

The intolerant and bigoted haters want freedom for themselves only. They won't give everyone the freedom to be human, which means being occasionally imperfect, but they worship the temple of double standards by exempting like-minded zealots from condemnation while going overboard pouncing on their ideological foes who dare not agree with them on everything. Thus they give a pass to healthcare workers who murder patients because they're black or rape 'em because they're cute (I reported that, too), but they see racism that doesn't exist if they see someone who doesn't march in lockstep with their ideas.

“Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.”

From a discussion of how cognitive diversity is critical for inventing teams: “While it's important to include a mix of genders, ethnicities and people of various ages at a brainstorming session, special attention should also be given to cognitive diversity. The cognitive diversity that emerges from a group of people who have had truly different experiences in life is a powerful tool for generating fresh angles and creating imaginative solutions.”

However, cognitive diversity is rarely tolerated in the United States, which gives lip service to freedom but puts sheeple on a pedestal. Is it any wonder why people programmed to think alike can't think of truly big ideas?

The views expressed on this page may or may not reflect my current opinions, nor do they necessarily represent my past ones. After reading a slice of what I wrote in my various websites and books, you may conclude that I am a liberal Democrat or a conservative Republican. Wrong; there is a better alternative. Just as the primary benefit from debate classes results when students present and defend opinions contrary to their own, I use a similar strategy as a creative writing tool to expand my brainpower—and yours. Mystified? Stay tuned for an explanation. PS: The wheels in your head are already turning a bit faster, aren't they?

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Reference: Imagining dialogue can boost critical thinking: Excerpt: “Examining an issue as a debate or dialogue between two sides helps people apply deeper, more sophisticated reasoning …”

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