The Ants, the Grasshopper and Ant Privilege
An updated Aesop’s Fable based on the modern philosophy of Inter-sectionalism and Social Justice Warriors
One bright day in late autumn a family of Ants were bustling about in the warm sunshine, drying out the grain they had stored up during the summer, when a starving Grasshopper, his fiddle under his arm, came up and humbly begged for a bite to eat.
“What!” cried the Ants in surprise, “haven’t you stored anything away for the winter? What in the world were you doing all last summer?”
“I didn’t have time to store up any food,” whined the Grasshopper; “I was so busy making music that before I knew it the summer was gone.”
The Ants shrugged their shoulders in disgust.
“Making music, were you?” they cried. “Very well; now dance!” And they turned their backs on the Grasshopper and went on with their work.
There’s a time for work and a time for play.
Which is why the grasshoppers organized and passed a government policy to force the Ants to contribute food in support of their musical culture, and also passed a law prohibiting Ants from making music as that would be Grasshopper Cultural Appropriation.
It seems the broader Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) discussions within the corporate world have ceased. There is a strong narrative that is presented as an ideal measure that does not seem to be open to debate. The stated goals for many companies that are presented, largely along the lines of Gender diversity, fail to recognize that globally men and woman seek different types of employment.
It is important to note that having a room full of people that look different, but think the same, is not diversity.
In my experience, companies have long had a goal to create an open and inclusive workplace where everyone is respected as a person. My concern at this point is that the adoption and use of gender/identity politics language as the basis for the discussion of D&I within the corporate HR departments will result in a ceasing of open dialogue, and ultimately result in creating the fractionalized political workplace environment it intends to address.
Great Idea ??? Maybe not…
Best idea we have for low pollution energy ??? Probably…
I purposely read things at times that I know I’ll likely disagree with. Usually, it is a refreshing challenge to my ideas. This book however very well could have been written in 100 pages.
Instead, It is nearly 600 pages of narrow repetitive themes. As if saying silly unoriginal things six different times would make it any less silly or unoriginal.
John Rawls’ ‘A Theory of Justice’ Is the foundational book of the ‘Social Justice’ ideas bantering around in our society nowadays. I very much looked forward to reading this book. I expected a well thought out proposal.
It is instead an overly verbose mix of previous Social theories that supports a preconceived worldview, instead of eliciting any new level of individual critical thought. It is sadly typical of modern academic BS. An example of the intellectualist trap of confusing Complicating something with Progress. It is nothing more than Locke’s Leviathan idea of deference to a sovereign, but with the monarchy replaced with an ill defined Central authority
A Central Authority that is essentially a Communist govt, that determines how the product of the society will be divided for the purpose of equity…
There are two truly impressive characteristic of the book though.
- The first is that he manages to cover the full gamut of a centralized, Authoritarian, Marxist government, with out ever using the Marxist words. It is at its core A ‘newspeak’ description of 100 year old failed ideas.
- The second is his ability to construct the entire idea of an Authoritative Central Bureaucracy, in a language that masks the Dictatorial aspects of such a suggestion in a language of community and mutual elevation of such systems by a compliant populace. It is as much a fallacy of presentation as Sadam Hussein repetitively receiving 100% of a Democratic vote
So disappointed and even more in awe that people believe this drivel.
An amusing aspect of reading this though is that typically the same people that express alignment with this ideology decry religious influences on society. Yet with both a belief in God, and a deference of your world view through the lens of ‘Social Justice’, they both rest in a Foundation of Faith over facts.
- With Religion we can track the diversion from original doctrine through the Councils of Nicea and the Protestant reformation.
- With ‘Social Justice Theory’, you have just to look at the last 130 years of failed Marxist Theory, or perhaps just read ‘Animal Farm.’ 😐😐
If I were forced to choose between the two, I’d dare say I’d put my faith in God far before I’d care to expect the best out of people !! For God is an expression of an Ideal, and Social Justice Theory is just an expression of an idea. A very old and tired, snake oil, ‘Theory of Justice’ that has sadly been rebranded and recycled to the youth of America.
Follow up – A friend and I were discussing this they stated this…
- ‘I think the Russian s are trying the disrupt our young people. It’s not so hard to do. You know.’
Wouldn’t that be a kicker? If a failed communist state is propagating failed communist ideology as a means to undermine a country that previously vigorously fought to restrict the spread of communism!!’ LOL. What a fun world we live in !
A lot of our academic process is just us creating constructs that we can all agree with on a more pedantic level… thereby adding some weight to the consensus because it A) takes us longer to communicate our positions, and B) complicates topics beyond basic recognition.
I certainly see this theme in the Education Sector… Somewhere along the line, the Education Industry has confused Complicating things with Progress !!!
Many academic books follow this same model as well. It’s a bit of a Hand to the forehead approach once you step back and take am ore holistic view.
For example. The many tomes written about how our society is a product of our biology. Of course, our genetic and biological characteristics would influence how our Cultures develop. Just look at the development of Agrarian societies. Our predecessors didn’t change over from being hunter-gathers to farming because they thought it was a philosophically superior culture. They did so because it offered food-security… most of society is based on providing security of one kind or another and Security is a basic need… Quietly thrown in there with ‘Shelter’. We know this because being out of the rain in a cave with a hungry bear is not a good option for “Shelter”.
Many of these books simply establish a basic premise as a presumption for the remainder of the book. The rest of the book is likely multiple chapters of basically an iteration through multiple cherry picked examples resulting in repetitive “See.. and this fits too !!” chapters.
All of our human behavior, emotions, and beliefs are quite simple… but only from a distance 🙂 The closer observations get to the source, the more obfuscated the realizations… in my experience at least…
I asked my Dad
With each passing year
Tell me, and I’ll hear
What is the secret
To this life
You’ve learned throughout your years
And many years
Came and went
With just a chuckle or a laugh
I’ve grown up
Had kids and a wife
And made it just about half
Then he came to me
And said he knew
What he learned throughout his strife
With each passing year
It became more clear
… Plan Your Life …
With each passing day
Plan your way
Don’t let a day pass by
Be an active part
With all your heart
And seize the passing time
‘Wanting’ things is at it’s very base an expression of our imagination. We ‘want’ only for things we do not have.
We want for warmth, food, or security only when we feel they are lacking.
We want for affection, belonging, and love when they are absent. For when these things are present they quickly fill our cup.
If we rest in a mindset of ‘wanting’ it can be either empowering or defeating. Empowering if it results in practical action towards goal. Defeating if it results in a measure of life which you believe is unreachable.
‘Want’ can express as a drive or a blockade. Wings or an anchor.
As Screwtape mused about ‘The Enemies’ plans, ‘Planning for tomorrow is a duty of today’. It is often our ‘wants’ which rest in our mind that drive this planning. It is also these ‘wants’ that can create a disappointing measure of life. That blinds us from what is in right in front of us, while we search for what we already know is not there.
Life is the battle of good vs evil
There is no other thing
Not some far and distant eternal battle cry from angels
Life is and always is the expression of these two worlds
One of light and the other of darkness
Life was before you and is after you
Life is the ceaseless parity
The push of eternity flowing through you
A ‘you’ which comes and goes like a wave on the ocean
No one can count the waves and no one can count the passing of life