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Dear India Currents,
This is not in response to any article but is nevertheless an issue close to my heart, which is why I took the effort to write this. Here it goes…
India Currents proudly dedicates this edition to Diversity, which many will agree, can only be a good thing. But here’s the nub: Why do we view Diversity only along superficial traits which surely goes against the very goal of Diversity?
Let me explain: there are articles galore about diverse races, sexual identity, skin color, etc, but none about Intellectual Diversity. If we believe in the Cartesian construct of Reason being Man’s Rationale for Existence (I think, therefore I am), which by the way, finds parallels in our ancient scriptures extolling the virtues of liberating the soul from Maya (illusion, or an attachment to sensory feelings) then surely intellectual diversity ought to rank high on the totem pole of human differences!
Diversity of thought, even if it goes against mainstream trends, should be encouraged. For instance, an article about whether diversity is indeed all it’s cracked up to be could be provocative, but intensely intellectual, if a strong enough rationale was presented. Different points of view have got to be encouraged, especially in this current Orwellian era of prescribed group-think.
In short, we are all more than the sum of our parts, and tangible differences which are mostly due to no more than an accident of birth, have nothing to do with the individual self, whereas we are the sole and undisputed owners and arbiters of our thinking.
I see the merits of your argument. Diverse thought should be cherished.
Showcasing what you believe to be ‘superficial traits’ has its merits too. Why? I think it’s the same argument that people use for equity in all spaces — without acknowledgment of that which has defined our past, it’s difficult to move forward. Sometimes, what may feel like ‘superficial traits’ — skin color, wealth, identity, religion, and more — is really diversity in ideology. Each trait represents differences in culture, in experience, and in one’s movement and interaction with the world.
Diversity of thought is what we practice in application here at India Currents. Every day, we ensure that all the diversity of thought in our community is heard in a respectful way. That is the mission of our work! If you feel we are lacking, please do reach out with suggestions and ideas so we can fulfill your needs.
I look forward to hearing from you again!
Managing Editor, India Currents
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