The Oxymoronic Task of Defining Diversity

Diversity! Diversity! Diversity! We demand diversity!

Tis the oxymoronic rallying cry of today’s warped western culture.

“But how can diversity be an oxymoron?” you may ask. That’s easy. When you follow a cry for diversity with an erring definition of diversity, by default, one fails to be the very thing that the “cry” claims to be seeking – diverse!

When one narrows a scope (which is what today’s diversity call is all about) by limiting the participation of one group, or any number of groups, so that another group may participate in whatever they desire to whatever level someone else deems fit, well that person is confusing a feigned notion of “equality” that will never exist with the true definition of diversity.

Have you ever thought about how many number combinations can result from combining the numbers one through ten? The answer isn’t ten! According to this website, the possible combinations that come from a limited group of four is found by realizing that in, “[E]ach choice of the first two digits you have 10 choices for the third digit. Thus you have 10x10x10 = 1000 choices for the first three digits. Finally you have 10 choices for the fourth digit and thus there are 10x10x10x10 = 10 000 possible 4 digit combinations from 0-9.

And who was it that thought diversity could be found by only having an equal number of men and women presented? True “diversity” (according to today’s use) would mean every combination of sex, eye-color, hair-color, skin-color, birthplace, childhood experiences, nationality, age-group, education-level, net worth, height-to-weight ratio, religious background, criminal background, political leaning, spoken language, and, last but not least, the modern-times coveted “sexually orientated” points of view would have to be diversely (a.k.a. equally) represented. And I’m sure by only including those limited number of differing factors that I have unintentionally restricted the diversity that I’m seeking to create.

In today’s sidewinder world, words aren’t about their actual meaning – they’re about what a group wants them to mean. All you have to do to understand what I’m saying is think about the difference in the way the words gender (which is actually about the roles that words play in language) and sex (you know, that word that defines the way we’re born physically) are used today.

The word “diversity” (which simply means variety) has been hijacked and is, in an oxymoronic twist, being forced to represent a viewpoint that constricts its original meaning!

Don’t think so? Disagree with the crowd that’s calling for diversity and see what happens to the seat that you bring to the table.

Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.” But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” So Samuel prayed to the Lord.” (1 Samuel 8:4-6)

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