Political correctness taught us long ago that we ought to celebrate our diversity, which is obviously a well-meaning concept–but also a pretty silly one. We’re all very different in so many ways, most of these superficial. But in those ways in which our differences are more marked and quite meaningful, what sense does it make to ask us to set aside that which makes us us and to celebrate someone else’s values instead? Plus, who starts?
It’s actually very condescending to single out normal, healthy adults for special praise–praise, not for any accomplishments of theirs–just for their being that certain special way. Conversely, it is also childish for any normal, healthy adults to actually accept this “celebrity” status. It calls into question, ironically, their very status as equals.
In our inaction we truly are all equal: but we must judge one another by our actions. And these actions are often a reflection of deep differences between us that cannot be properly put into categories that we celebrate as morally neutral and roughly equivalent human types. This amounts to the celebration of difference for difference’s sake and to the abdication of judgment for all our sake.