As part of my business survey class, I was required to attend a session at University State’s Multi-cultural Center (MCC). This requirement is a part of the university’s desire to make us “global citizens.”
Walking into the class, I assumed I would be fed the line that all cultures are equally valid, and morally neutral. In other words, more of the Post-modernism/Relativism I had been receiving elsewhere at University State. This is just what I got, but not how I expected it.
The session was more of an introspection session, and of all the “cultures” to focus on, it focused on the LGBTQ community.
We were all given a sheet full of different “identities” we all have. We were supposed to fill it out, putting in our own information, but as you can see from the picture, I intentionally didn’t fill it out.
No, I was not being contrary just for the sake of being contrary. Some people like to say that “Diversity is our strength,” but that’s a lie. Diversity has never been our strength. By definition, diversity divides. Which is precisely why a maxim of our country is, “UNITED we stand; DIVIDED we fall.” Our UNITY is what made us strong. Diversity divides, and that’s what we are seeing in America, and in Christianity as a whole.
This is why I wasn’t going to participate in an activity designed to encourage this way of thinking.
So, I sat patiently while everyone filled out their sheets, listing their Race, Ethnicity, Physical/Emotional/Developmental Ability, Age, Socio Economic Class, National Origin, Veteran’s Status, Sexual Orientation, Gender/Gender Identity, Religion or Spiritual Affiliation, First language.
While we were to be filling out these sheets, the young lady who was leading the seminar told us that if we had any questions, that we shouldn’t ask our neighbors, but ask her. She explained that there are a lot of false ideas out there, and that she didn’t want anyone to get any wrong ideas from their peers. I found this interesting. Not only was the teacher asserting absolute truth and morality, but she was encouraging censorship and saying that we should only listen to what was officially taught by the University…hmm…
Despite this fact, the guy sitting next to me didn’t listen, and asked me a question about the sheet.
“What’s the difference between Race and Ethnicity?” he asked in his Indian accent.
I shook my head, not sure myself. “I guess they would say Ethnicity is where you’re from, and your race would be skin color?”
“Okay…so India, and Brown?”
I shrugged, and the guy went back to jotting down his “social identities.” I couldn’t help but think that such categorizing only served to encourage racism, not cure it. If we all think of ourselves based on our skin color, and society as a whole encourages the sorting people into demographics based on skin color…how is that not racist?
Once we were done filling out our sheets, we were supposed to move on to discussing the questions on the sheet with our neighbors. The first question on the sheet was, “Identities You Think About Most Often.” The “Brown,” “Indian” guy sitting next to me, turned back to me to continue the obligatory assignment. I saw surprise register on his face when he realized I had left it blank.
“You didn’t fill it out?”
“You were just like, ‘Screw it.’?” he laughed. I laughed back.
“Yeah, well, I actually don’t think about any of these identities that much,” I answered, which was true. I don’t spend my time pondering how I fit into society. If I think about it at all, it’s only so much in that I understand that I don’t fit into society.
“Oh, okay,” he shrugged.
“So what do you think most about?” I asked him.
“Umm…I guess my religion,” he replied.
“Yeah, I would say my faith influences me more than anything else. What is your religion? Hindu?” I asked, engaging in some ethnic profiling.
“I used to be Hindu, but now I’m an Atheist Agnostic,” he said.
“Ah, interesting,” I replied, “Most Atheists don’t like to consider what they believe a religion, but you do?”
“Well, it’s not a religion,” he chuckled.
“But you recognize that your belief affects your whole life and the way you see the world?”
“Yes, I do,” he nodded.
Interesting. Someone at University State who actually understands how their worldview influences how they live, or at least he said he understood.
We were supposed to answer the rest of the questions on the sheet, but we ended up talking more about our religious beliefs, and purposes for going to school, and what we were majoring in. His purpose for going to school was to make a lot of money. I told him that wasn’t one of my life goals and a look of genuine surprise showed on his face, which I also found interesting. In my experience, I haven’t found too many other people who will admit their main drive in life is to make a lot of money, even non-Christians. Either they really understand that money does not satisfy, or they don’t want to appear shallow or self-centered.
|Painted on the wall of the MCC, this is the first thing you see when entering|
So once again, I was pleasantly surprised by this Atheist Agnostic. He seemed to be much less deceived than most, even if he hadn’t quite landed on the truth yet.
I then asked him why he hung onto the “Agnostic” label, and didn’t just go with “Atheist.” He explained that as a man of reason, he couldn’t rule out the possibility of God’s existence.
Again I was surprised. If everything he said is true, and he really is pursuing truth, and he understands why he believes what he does…I think there is a lot of hope for him. He may have to go through a lot of pain and hurt to finally see the truth, but I have hope for him.
The instructor finally began to wrap up the seminar, explaining why the Multi-cultural center is important, and how it can help us understand where we fit into society and how to deal with those people who have false beliefs, such as those who are homophobic. I guess they didn’t think about the people who have homophobe phobia, because there is plenty of that sort of bigotry as well.
However, the most interesting part of the session came toward the end, when the instructor asked if we thought any of our identities might change over time. I waited, anticipating that she was going to make a statement about sexuality, and how we, “can’t change who we are.” Just as I had guessed, she did bring up sexuality, but used it as an example of an identity that CAN change over time. She was actually admitting that sexual orientation can change. What changes it, and why people might change, she did not say, but the fact that she acknowledged this point was very interesting, and seems to contradict what is politically correct.
Walking away from the session, I felt like I had been subjected to multi-cultural mind control. It’s just assumed that if you are in college, you are liberal, and you believe in “Diversity”1 and that all lifestyles and “social identities” are valid.
I remained silent during this session for the most part, deciding to observe rather than participate. The same cannot be said for the Diversity session I had to attend several weeks later….
1 I am not against having diversity, rather, what I am against is the “Diversity” agenda.