Charlotte, NC — This administration’s policies of “equity, diversity, and inclusion” is nothing short of an attempt to social engineer America into a society where success is associated with privilege, effort is characterized as cheating, and failure is a carte blanche to find someone to blame.
There are mechanisms that keep society moving forward by encouraging individuals to thrive for success. All three of those policies are designed to break these natural social mechanisms, prioritizing individual “feelings” over the good of society as a whole. In this article, Bishop Robert Barron explains why each of them is harmful, from a Christian perspective.
Not a Christian myself, I would like to analyze “inclusion” from a social perspective. The goal of “inclusion” is to make every cell of society open their doors to everyone, regardless of qualifications or natural proclivities, to spare some people “hurt feelings.” While providing very questionable (and fleeting) benefits to few individuals, it infringes on the rights of other members of a particular group and hurts society in the long run.
Let’s look at the latest from the “inclusion” crew: transgender swimmer that goes by Lia Thomas was “included” in a women’s swim competition where she didn’t just beat, but crashed, all the other ladies, due to physical advantages of being a biological male. Sure, it made Lia Thomas feel good. But that happened at the expense of all the other women on the team seeing months of their hard work and effort unfairly destroyed. Why do Lia Thomas’ feelings count more than all of these women’s? Only because our “moral betters” in the government and the mainstream media characterized Lia Thomas as “a victim of exclusion” rather than someone trying to break the rules.
“Including” transgender athletes in women’s sports destroys motivation for female athletes to achieve new heights. They know their long hours of work can be destroyed in a minute when someone like Lia Thomas decides to identify as a “female” and enter a competition. So why waste time, money, and effort on excruciating training?
It also hurts transgender people as a group. I am very certain that most of people suffering from gender dysphoria just want to live their private lives without imposing on others, and they fully realize that Lia Thomas competing in a women’s meet is unfair. Most of them do not compete in sports, and they don’t view sports as a way to bring legitimacy to their existence. A few “activists” from “trans” community that appear on TV every hour demanding to be “included” in every aspect of society are creating hostility to people with gender dysphoria that mainstream media is desperately trying to characterize as “transphobia.”
Every school, club, team, and organization should be able to set their own standards and enforce them by only accepting people who they think benefit the organization. Discrimination based on race, gender, religion, and sexual orientation, is against the law. Other than that, artificial and uniform “inclusion” creates chaos.
“Inclusion” is a myth that is often being pushed on us by social elites to cover for their own shortcomings. Colleges that terminate professors for stating there are only two genders, will never send an acceptance letter to an aspiring scientist from an inner-city school. Any anchor at CNN will chastise you for asking to impose education standards, but they won’t allow you within 10 miles of their cocktail party if you don’t own a house on Martha’s Vineyard.
From personal experience, being “excluded” by many places proved to be beneficial for me, although it didn’t seem so at the time. As a young child, I was “excluded” from several sports teams. That made my parents realize I wasn’t good at sports, so they shouldn’t be wasting my time or their own time pushing me to compete. In the former Soviet Union, sports was taken seriously, and a gymnastics coach, for example, would not waste her time by consoling a team member who was scared to get up on a bar. “Excluding” kids who didn’t have natural proclivities for sports made sure that those who did got time and attention they needed to thrive and achieve greater results. The rest of us were happy running friendly races with similarly “excluded” neighbors or taking swimming classes at a local community pool. Even though being “excluded” briefly caused “hurt feelings,” it benefited everybody in the long run.
It also works in the social sphere. As an awkward “goody do shoes” teenager, I was often left out of the parties and social gatherings thrown by the “cool kids.” I can assure you it caused much anxiety, sleepless nights, and self-doubt. I can’t tell you how many times I wished for an “inclusion officer” in my school to use his “magic wand” to make my “cool” classmates “include” me in their social circles. Of course, there were no “inclusion officers” in Soviet schools, and teachers didn’t care. In the end, this experience taught me to deal with rejection and made me a stronger person. It also made me examine my own shortcomings and figure out why the kids didn’t like my company. Also, just from personal experience, the “rejected” nerds tend to be much more successful in life than “the party crowd.” Life doesn’t end with high school graduation for most of us, and your “rejected” child will often get the last laugh when he or she gets an acceptance letter from Stanford.
Speaking of Stanford: on Stanford Parent Facebook group, I saw parents complaining that their kids were “rejected” by some of the clubs they wanted to participate in. Apparently, some clubs have limitations on the number of people they can “include,” so there is some selection process, and of course some of the kids did not get in. “Why complain?” — I asked the parents. “Stanford allows anybody to start a club — why doesn’t your kid start their own? It will take more time and effort, but it would be a valuable learning experience.” Of course, I was promptly censored for “for violating some rule.” As a parent, what kind of message are you sending? Your child is attending the most exclusive place on the face of the planet, and they are upset about not being “included” in some silly club? Teach them to grow a pair.
“Not being included” is a way to make you a better, more valuable member of society. It either forces you to try harder or realize that the place that is “excluding” you is not the right place for you to start with. Either way, it builds character. Consider being “excluded” a blessing — because in most cases, it will turn out to be one. It will make you look for solutions that you never knew existed.
That is not to say that we should condone cruel behavior. If you teach your kids the golden moral principle of treating others as they want to be treated themselves, “inclusion” will come naturally to them. Teach empathy by pointing your toddler to a friend who is crying because he fell from a slide. If your five-year-old took a neighbor’s toy without asking, take one of his, and let him tell you how it feels. A bullying episode by a school-aged kid deserves a serious conversation and some consequences. Early lessons internalized through childhood will be your child’s inoculation from inflicting undue pain on another person.
At the same time, it’s important to teach your child that they will not be “included” in everything in life. Not being invited to a party is not the end of the world. One day, they will get a rejection letter from a college of their choice, which is a lot more painful and consequential. They will have to deal with being passed down for a job, a promotion, or a business dinner invitation. Learning to deal with rejection early builds character. The “inclusion officer” is not present in most of the real-life situations, and if your child is not equipped to deal with rejection constructively, he or she will be afflicted by low self-esteem, a sense of entitlement, and narcissism.
“Inclusion” imposed on society by force of government is equivalent to banning “survival of the fittest” from the evolution theory because “all species matter.” It impedes “natural selection” process that society uses to ensure that everyone respects boundaries, strives for success, and finds their own worth without infringing on others.
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