A long time concept in Star Trek was the idea of mutual respect for other people.
IDIC – Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations – exemplified this concept perfectly. It was an idea whose time had arrived, fresh in the turmoil of the raging ’60’s with racial unrest, political upsets and social offenses.
Since then, however, the IDIC has become tarnished, degraded, corrupted. Those who once widely proclaimed adherence to ‘tolerance’ are anything but. Tolerant – but only if you agree with us. And those who try to practice tolerance are mocked, derided, verbally abused and lied about.
“The glory of creation is in its infinite diversity—and the ways our differences combine to create meaning and beauty.”
When a literary group seeks to expand inclusion, and is attacked as being the wrong types to do this.
When a non-violent religion is mocked and derided, then told they need to ‘get over it’.
When business owners who just want to succeed are forced to violate their personally held beliefs, to assuage the MOB.
Maybe it’s time the purveyors of Tolerance learn anew the meaning of the word.