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Six years ago, in the fall of 2015, a wave of campus protests spread across the United States. From Yale to Claremont McKenna College to UC Berkeley, students demanded changes related to social justice and gave long lists of demands to their university presidents, often including demands that specific faculty members be fired for perceived verbal offenses.

Today’s blog, “True Diversity Requires Generosity of Spirit” written by Jonathan Haidt in November 2015 is a call for patience, generosity, and a dash of humility, especially towards those we think to be doing us wrong. This piece has withstood the test of time, offering ancient wisdom to help deal with modern problems. Haidt is a Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He is also Heterodox Academy’s co-founder and Board Chair.

To engage deeper with these ideas, check out our related posts:

  1. A Rhetoric of Common Values by Erec Smith
  2. Why Universities Must Choose One Telos: Truth or Social Justice by Jonathan Haidt
  3. HxA Resources for Understanding Different Kinds of Diversity by Jonathan Haidt

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This episode was hosted by Zach Rausch. The artwork was inspired by Irshad’s piece and was created by Lexi Polokoff. You can follow her on Instagram @lexipolokoffart