Had an interesting week. Toastmasters tried to teach us about personality types from a Wiccan based on tarot. Then my work tried to teach us Diversity and Inclusion from a liberal professor based on a false spectrum. Thank God, He leads me in the paths which are straight and true.
I learned something I didn’t know. The Myres-Briggs personality test is based on the writings of Carl Jung1. Jung based his research on the Tarot.2 Scientists have discredited Myres-Briggs based on, among other things, the same person taking the same test renders different results.3 Science is meant to be measurable, testable, repeatable and falsifiable. Truth statements that are unfalsifiable are religious in nature. Welcome to my domain.
That training was two hours of my life that I’ll never get back. But, at least the presenter was entertaining, and I am more informed than I was. Now, when people try to speak to me about personality types, I can use one of my favourite lines. “Given you believe in Tarot, then let me ask you, what star sign were you born under? Because I was born under the Star of David.”
For the benefit of those without historical context, or a sense of humour, I am not claiming to be born Jewish. I am claiming to be a born-again Christ-follower, adopted son of God, disciple of the Carpenter of Nazareth, a Jew.
Additionally, somebody within the organization complained to the District Director about my using “Blessings” in my email signature. After thinking carefully, my response was that I was open to hearing from the person directly, or alternatively, open to hearing what the specific complaint is. Because my salutation was specifically chosen. I did not choose “Good luck” because I don’t believe in luck. Faithfully and Sincerely are too old-fashioned. I did not choose “God bless”. Hindus, Muslims, Christians & Jews have no problem with “Blessings”. New Agers have no problem with it. Even the Wiccan uses “Bless your heart”! Only Atheists seem to have a problem with it. Which is not very tolerant. And not logical. If there is no God, then it doesn’t matter. So, the complaint is vague and offensive. Talk to me directly, coward.
Diversity and Inclusion
There’s currently a huge push in the corporate world in the West to avoid law-suits and cancel culture by virtue-signaling adherence to woke Social Justice Warriors. This takes the form of optional compliance with Diversity and Inclusion training. So far, I’ve managed to dodge it, rather than face the unpleasantness of trying to explain to brain-washed acolytes the errors of their ways. One time I was put on the spot about why I was opting out, and responded that, in my opinion Diversity and Inclusion is racist against whites, sexist against men and bigoted against Christians. The look of total disbelief was priceless.
However, this week I was obligated to sit through some mandatory live, on-line training. I took notes. Thank goodness I did. I was able to clearly see a gap in the teaching, and when offered the opportunity to provide feedback, was able to do so, publicly. So, about 90 people heard about a weakness in D&I training at university level. I hope it does some good.
Specifically, Dr Chellie Spiller of Waikato University referenced a Cultural Proficiency Continuum4. This is supposedly where a person moves from negative views of other cultures and ends up being culturally proficient. I could immediately see that what a Liberal views as a spectrum from the evil, bigoted, racist right-winger to the enlightened, tolerant and righteous left-winger, is actually a pendulum. This is because the left-winger is blind to the fact that the Left can go too far. Also, from the extreme-left, anybody in the Centre appears far-right.
So, I asked why the continuum stops short and doesn’t show people who move into False Humility and further into Self-Hatred. To her credit, the Prof was gracious and appeared to listen. I hope it does some good for the benefit of her innocent students who are not taught critical thought.
Subsequent to this encounter, I have now formulated a new Law, which I am naming after myself. This law recognizes that everywhere a Liberal study shows a progression from ignorance to enlightenment, it should actually be a pendulum. The healthy individual, society and civilization should move to the centre, not to either extreme.
On the whole, it was a very good week, despite being unnecessarily locked-up by a Socialist government and attempted indoctrination by well-meaning but wrong-headed Leftists.
My opinions are my own and in no way represent my employer nor Toastmasters.