Thursday, August 2, 2012
Ah well here's an interesting and vaguely political topic. Rest assured I have no intention of politicizing it however, I do believe there is a certain value in diversity, or more specifically it is one of the characteristics of a truly utopian society. This is the sort of diversity where all kinds of people wield power on a relatively equal basis, a converse of the society described in Ayn Rand's Anthem, total and absolute acceptance of others yes, but also a continual need to investigate and understand why a different culture does what it does. Naturally this probably wouldn't include things like human sacrifice or cannibalism, cultures are allowed to operate as long as those ceremonies and traditions don't conflict directly with other cultures in a society. This might seem impossible but that's why its utopian.
I firmly believe it is always possible to strive for a better, improved society. But the basis of that improvement is never going to be diversity by itself, diversity is something that you can come to embrace but it can not be forced upon you. There is a lot of diversity in America, sure, but there damn well isn't much diversity in those that actually wield power. Effectively diversity is yet another divisive politically abused thing to distract from overall issues. In essence, political correctness negates any usefulness that diversity might have provided on a societal scale. Now, I would much rather live in a multicultural society as opposed to a Mandarin uniculture, if only for having intellectual discussions and light conflicts.
On the Internet, land of infinite wisdom, is where you'll find uniculture after uniculture more or less; every forum and subculture tends to become a whole bunch of people obsessed with their own opinions congregating and circle jerking one another. The existence of the almighty "moderators" merely serves to reinforce this, a moderator doesn't like you? Banned. Disagrees with how you approach a situation? Banned. Doesn't like your posting style? Banned. I'm sure every moderator likes to see themselves as the judge of magnificent wisdom who only decides on such hefty actions when it is truly required, because in their omnipotent wisdom they surely don't make any mistakes. However, even in a situation where the mods are light on the banning there's a lot of situations where one dominant train of thought pretty much shuns all truly diverse opinions. People have small insignificant arguments over small insignificant things to be sure, but any thing that challenges on a grander scale leads to immediate repercussions. This is why its so easy to troll people, disguising a salient opinion in order to irritate and perhaps actually get a point across is quite functional.
So, diversity doesn't work on the Internet, the one society on earth where people are theoretically equal. But does it work in reality? Well... it's better to live in a situation where you have a large variety of different opinions if only for the entertainment of watching people argue with one another over both trifling and actually interesting matters. Living in a small rural town is basically like living on an internet forum. But, more important than diversity is the spreading of a more logical, functional train of societal thought; we will likely never reach utopia but we can certainly do a hell of a lot better than the present state of both American society and the world as a whole. Of course, idle words don't cause this to happen, and neither do idle movements. External forces are what will cause dramatic changes in this society; but be ready to embrace something other than idiotic political correctness, 1984/Facebook, "Likes", +1's, and the faulty belief that success has any correlation with merit in a Merchant-class society.