The latest acronym you must know in government and big business is DEI: diversity, equality and inclusion. Those three commandments have now supplanted the ten we used to learn about. Unfortunately the acronym is often DIE in practice. How can that be when diversity, inclusion and equality are so obviously good things?
White bread is not wholesome even though it’s brand is “Holsum.” Wheat is a naturally nutritious grain that has provided sustenance for entire civilizations. With a little yeast and a little heat, wheat goes from tough and long storage life to a light fluffy delicious treat. Somewhere along the line, brown bread became the bread of the commoner and everyone wanted white bread. Until they realized the empty calories of white bread and other overly refined foods were death warmed over.
Similarly, diversity as it exists in Nature is a valuable attribute which contributes mightily to the resilience of systems. Decreasing diversity often leads to the destruction of systems. Taking wolves out of ecosystems leads to overpopulation of deer and antelopes, overgrazing, and destruction of land and soil.
When systems face disturbance, diversity can crucial in rebuilding a system. Grasses may be rare in a mature forest, but after a forest fire, their quick growth from the soil seed bank preserved the soil for slow growing trees species which eventually restablish dominance, only to lose it at the next fire.
This mutually beneficial interaction of diverse species can be permanently destroyed when some species are introduced. Conservation groups introduced multi-flora rose for wildlife, but lack of competitors has made it the dominant species in many systems, crowding out the food species needed by wildlife. Kudzu was introduced for soil conservation and grazing but was no invasive it has smothered all vegetation, including trees and even houses and cars.
Rabbits were introduced in Australia to increase the diversity of wildlife. Instead, with no natural predators, prolific birthrate and tendency to eat plants down to the roots, they have destroyed brittle ecosystems in Australia and stimulated desertification.
Diversity must be complementary. Resilient ecosystems have gradually accumulated a wide array of organisms which are complementary to each other. The waste of one species is food for another. Each plays a role in maintaining the ability of the system to survive and thrive.
Natural ecosystems have adaptive cycles of rapid growth, maturity, release and reorganization which ensure that all component species are limited in their ability to dominate the ecosystem. Too many of one species will result in disease and predation on that species. Diversity, equality and inclusion exist in natural ecosystems but they are not goals of natural systems.
Artificially inflating the power of one population in the system will result in degradation of the system.
Even worse is the inclusion of populations which are dedicated to the destruction, not resilience of the system.
Many groups in the US appear dedicated to the destruction of the US, not helping it to improve and become more resilient. Increasing their numbers is like purposely releasing more rabbits in Australia or planting more kudzu in the Southern US.
Then DEI becomes DIE.