This take is a culmination of thoughts I had over the past few weeks. Anyone who has spend time on GaG will realise that there are areas such as gender equality, race, faith, non faith, sexuality and various social issues that spark intense debate often disintegrating into destructive impasses. It often simplified into the Politically Correct Versus the Defenders of Freedom of Speech.
I have been thinking about how many of these intellectual conflicts probably would not pass the Child's Logic Test or as I prefer to call it the Repetitive But Why Test. I think if you "But Why" enough times about any human conflict its logic would fail and the reasons for conflict would evaporate.
The diplomatic users of GaG I have noticed are trying to defuse these conflicts by introducing Egalitarian into the vocabulary of GaG which is defined in the dictionary as:
Believing in or based on the principle that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities.
A fairer, more egalitarian society
So if all people are seeking equal rights - Does Egalitarian not seem a far better banner to stand under rather than identifying with divisive labels because after all when you strip it down every human body is essentially the same.
I am not asking that people abandon their quests to bring their groups up to equal status but is it not better to engage and negotiate a compromised path forward rather than waste time and energy knocking heads.
Look at things through a wide angle lens instead of a narrow focus lens. Instead of fighting over equality, join together to raise that standard of equality. Instead of pointing out the differences between each of the groups find the similarities that will lead to mutual understanding. Instead of fanning the flames of dissension find out what caused them in the first place so they can be rectified and then avoided for future generations. We are a planet of 7 billion individuals who each want the same thing a better life for our nearest and dearest in fact we are not so different after all.
Thank you for listening