LONG LIVE DIVERSITY

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Anti-diversity discourses (and even books) are proliferating lately,

as if denouncing that we have to be careful with it, that the system uses it to distract us in little things that entertain us and don't let us react to the real problems. That there is even a Diversity Trap, some say.

Perhaps those who make these speeches are not aware of the effect of the words they choose to pronounce. That we live in societies where social conquests, of rights for minorities or disadvantaged sectors, are extremely volatile, take relatively little time, and can very easily be rolled back. Margaret Atwood's dystopia for women: The Handmaid's Tale's continuous aggressions for LGTBIQ+. -as horrible as it is likely to be- is already taking place on a small scale, if we look to Hungary, Poland or Brazil, in fact the pushback. And it is crucial to prevent its advance.

To ensure those rights that have cost centuries of blood and tears, and that in half the world are still only a dream for those people who live a daily nightmare for pretending to be who they are. It is as necessary as making progress in mitigating inequality, which, as diversity would have it, tends to hit women or minorities the hardest.

An anti-diversity discourse can hardly serve anyone better than the international reactionary movement - the one promoted in its beginnings by Steve Bannon - that seeks excuses not only to go backwards, but if possible to return us to a sort of moral Medieval times in terms of rights and freedoms for women, minorities or environmentalist struggles. Because these are exactly the positions that are usually branded as too diverse, or postmodern, always using these terms as derogatory. And a curious thing is that those who tend to defend these positions anti-diversity usually have favorable opinions towards countries that repress those rights conquered in the evil and postmodern West. Ironic mode on.

That diversity is necessary, desirable and synonymous with life can be understood by anyone if they think, for example, about the importance of bio-diversity.

So evident now with a A pandemic that, without a doubt, is fed by the pressure exerted on ecosystems and the different species that inhabit the planet by our economic system based on perpetual growth on a finite planet. Having faith that this can work in the medium term is worse than believing in the Third Secret of Fatima. At least those do less harm.

In the last 50 years, according to the WWF's Living Planet Report 2020, we have wiped out no less than 68% of all the vertebrate individuals in the worldmammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles. A gigantic massacre in just 50 years. All in the name of progress and growth. It is not very clear where we are really "progressing" to. Or maybe we are, but that opinion is not yet majority enough to get policies to stop the slaughter. Deep down, the environment or nature is still seen as something external, when nothing is more certain than that you are only as healthy as what you eat and as clean as what you drink.

A recent study near the city of Rome found microplastics in the placentas, yes placentas, of most of the mothers-to-be in the study.

The future, if we do not change our habits of contempt for the ecosystems that one can see in the rivers, roads and parks of "civilization", is that they will inevitably end up "despising us", placentas included. It is the logical consequence, everything is connected.

According to another recent study published in Nature, therate of species extinction in some groups exceeds that of the last mass extinction, the Cretaceous. And the effects will remain for millions of years. If we continue at this rate we will be progressing, yes, but in the long term towards our own extinction, As many scientists and social movements denounce.

And there are many other examples of crucial issues that show that diversity is not only not bad, but quite the opposite.

In economics, for example, it is clear that having a diversity of currencies - which can include social, local or cryptocurrencies (only if the latter have a low ecological footprint) - can help to better navigate periods of crisis, than relying only on one currency.The diversity of species, which can be more fragile, and if it fails, then you are left with no alternatives.

Another example where diversity is often beneficial is in politics, collective intelligence works best in environments where all kinds of opinions and positions are tolerated and even promoted.. If you try to reduce that diversity, you are likely to end up with a certain kind of totalitarianism. Precisely because it generates a kind of inertia of control over dissent, which will inevitably lead to punitive measures towards "excessively diverse" people. A good example of positive politics based on diversity can be found in Chile, where independent representatives not attached to any party are going to shape the new constitution.

One might think then: The opposite of diverse is homogeneous, if diversity is usually good, therefore, is homogeneity always bad?

Not necessarily. In some cases, reality is more complex than a simple dualism, a choice between two antagonistic positions - it is this type of Manichean and simplistic thinking that we must avoid. It's that kind of logic that leads you to tolerate any stupid decision of the president of the day, whether it's Putin, Biden, Lukashenko, Boris Johnson or the Hungarian proto-dictator Orbán, simply because it coincides with some of your other ideas. We live in the most complex times in history, our reasoning cannot be simple.

For example, the homogeneity of anti-racist ideas would be desirable, or the homogeneity of respecting more the ecosystems that sustain us, or the certainty that capitalism - or any other system that pretends to grow eternally - does not serve us for the next stages of human development and the rest of the species. In examples like this, where we are able to see a path that is undoubtedly the right one, unity is desirable.

Friends, the Diversity is a fact, and it is a positive fact. Embrace it. And take advantage of it. While it lasts.

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Juan Bordera

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