I think the problem is when our differences are not laid bare in a honest way. So much evil persists because people refuse to admit the truth of their actions and their opinions. So much is about control even in the face of reason. Anti-vaccination people come to mind.
I celebrate lots of differences. The world would be dull without them, but most of all I celebrate educational differences. Mixed ability teaching . Not easy in my subject ....Chemistry.
It is the lot lower down the ability scales that stops everything being concentrated on the lot at the top, FOR THE BENEFIT of all the big lot in the middle. The lot at the top can manage on their own anyway.
Sure I agree. I also think that some bias is due to how, where, when we were raised, and that it may not be that easy to dismiss or even be fully aware of some deep rooted bias.
It is hard to celebrate differences in such things as skin tone because what ought to admired, has sparked so much hatred that there is a fear of insulting someone else. Other social issues also fall into a similar pattern. Some call such things PC, I would rather spell it out.
What if your "differences" are not allowed to be celebrated because they challenge the status quo's agenda? For example. I just wrote elsewhere about the idea of having academic subjects like Humanities and Rhetoric in college curricula, as academia and western society ignores or objects to the idea that they are unique to Western Civilizations, but universal 'humanitarian" ideas and support colonization and other methods of exploitation.
Humanities centralizes the idea of What should be human by Western cultural standards and Rhetoric supports those arguments. One very obvious example is homosexuality. Western culture says it's a universal "human" trait through its rhetoric and the rest of the world that doesn't agree is demonized
AS "Cum ba ya" as that sounds, and I think it IS preferable to uncivil dispute, Some ideas are absolutely incompatible with others. SO we must choose our battels, and with each one must decide and prioritize them, decide how close to the "front lines", we want to be, and how open with it and how much time to devote to it etc.
Treat opinions a world visions like you treat a sport team.
Making this ideas being so important to your sense of self that is outrageous to question them.
Charismatic leaders telling you that you are right and a lot of people agree, and together you can conquer the ones that disagree.
Lack of community sense, turning similar ideas into the tribe, making same ideas group being retrofeeded.
That's the recipe for this not acceptance.
But it is getting better, of course we have the coil effect. A lot of new ideas started to be propagated and some of them were exaggerated, now it is the reaction of the old ideas pushing back using the exaggeration as an argument.
A lot of people trying to amplify this waves instead of lowering the amplitude.