"The plague of mankind is the fear and rejection of diversity: monotheism, monarchy, monogamy and, in our age, monomedicine. The belief that there is only one right way to live, only one right way to regulate religious, political, sexual, medical affairs is the root cause of the greatest threat to man: members of his own species, bent on ensuring his salvation, security, and sanity. " — Thomas Stephen Szasz
Since my earliest childhood, I've instinctively rejected the idea that there is only One Right Way to do various things. My natural inclination has always been to think in shades of grey, rather than adhere to the simplistic, dualistic limits of black and white thinking. My instinct has never been to unquestioningly herd with the flock, but rather to ask why, doing my own research if necessary. And if I don't find the answers to be logical, reasonable, or currently relevant, I reject them.
Humans by nature are ingenious and malleable. We are able to adjust and adapt to various situations, often finding multiple ways, albeit by different means, to arrive at a workable solution. Few things in life require a single method of accomplishment, as "All Roads Lead to Rome" tends to be the rule, rather than the exception.
However, humans throughout history tend to have an atavistic fear of difference, however benign. The desire for uniformity, for mass conformity, probably is at the root of most human conflict. The idea that all the pieces of a puzzle need not be of universal shape and design in order to fit together in a harmonious whole is nowhere near attaining critical mass at this point in human history, if it ever does.
Nevertheless, there will always be a sizable minority of contrary souls like me to make sure the idea is never extinguished.
You are a Reality-Based Intellectualist, also known as the liberal elite. You are a proud member of what’s known as the reality-based community, where science, reason, and non-Jesus-based thought reign supreme.