(Corinthians 10:3-5) For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh (10:4) (for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the casting down of strongholds), (10:5) casting down imaginations, and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ;
I am confused. Nothing seems to make sense anymore. At least not the kind of sense I am accustomed to expect from applying old-fashioned critical thinking. I am such an outdated relic now.
We are admonished to embrace diversity, which means...
a diversity of design styles: variety, miscellany, assortment, mixture, mix, mélange, range, array, multiplicity; variation, variance, diversification, heterogeneity, difference, contrast. ANTONYMS uniformity.
And tolerance is another virtuous attribute much touted by impassioned spokes mouths which means...
an attitude of tolerance toward other people: acceptance, toleration; open-mindedness, broad-mindedness, forbearance, liberality, liberalism; patience, charity, indulgence, understanding.
Apparently terms like diversity and tolerance have been artfully highjacked and redefined in this new, enlightened age. One is considered to be tolerant and embrace diversity so long as one is plugged into the new stream of consciousness. Live and let live is the age old axiom that all school children in the 20th century were encouraged to adopt. It covered essentially everything fairly well for many decades. If one followed the basic principle of live and let live, one would accept that in general people rarely agree on everything and therefore civilized humans were allowed to have their opinions and knowing how to keep them reigned in was part of the knowledge of what it meant to be civil.
Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me is another old saw that children of fifty years ago chanted back when someone made a disparaging remark. Sending the message that one was too tough to be hurt by mere words spoken was usually enough to create a stalemate if not completely end a conflict. Today, because out of control hypersensitivity changes the rules hourly, it seems that almost any word one might speak aloud could fall under the updated definitions of diversity and tolerance and might even possibly be cause for arrest as a hate crime. Further, even thinking a word that is now deemed offensive by someone else might be dangerous. The Thought Police is no longer a fictional entity. One must not even appear to be thinking offensive thoughts.
My how times have changed. It’s hard to keep up. In spite of those who continue to wield words like weapons to impose self-righteous rules on the masses, diversity and tolerance still really mean what they used to mean with one new exception: they apply to any concept, belief or life-style that counters the now archaic value systems long upheld by Judeo/Christian precepts.
So the new definitions of diversity and tolerance should now read as follows:
a diversity of life style: including variety, miscellany, assortment, mixture, mix, mélange, range, array, multiplicity; variation, variance, diversification, heterogeneity, difference, contrast, except anything that suggests a Christian viewpoint which must not be tolerated. Rioting, ranting, hate-speech and death threats are acceptable as counter measures to anyone who opposes the new definition. ANTONYMS uniformity.
an attitude of tolerance toward other people: acceptance, toleration; open-mindedness, broad-mindedness, forbearance, liberality, liberalism; patience, charity, indulgence, understanding. Tolerance, in its purest form, is allowed for all religious or non-religious belief systems, except Christianity and Judaism, even if another religion openly demonstrates blatant intolerance for any diversity of life style or human rights, especially those of women, homosexuals, or anyone labeled as an infidel, a.k.a., non-believer.
It is a paradox.
the paradox of war is that you have to kill people in order to stop people from killing each other: contradiction, contradiction in terms, self-contradiction, inconsistency, incongruity; oxymoron; conflict, anomaly; enigma, puzzle, mystery, conundrum.