CHAPTER 8

The Permeable Forces of Inclusion

Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.

—Sir Walter Scott

Have you ever been less than honest during a conversation about diversity or while speaking to someone from a different gender or culture, either to protect yourself or to ensure you did not hurt another person’s feelings? Are you aware of being politically correct on occasions because what you were thinking and what you felt the need to say was not in alignment? If so, you are not alone. The tendency toward “little white lies” (why are they called “white” lies anyway?) and political correctness is unfortunately built into a system of coping mechanisms designed to help us handle the impact of the three immutable forces ...

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