Intolerance is a big problem for everyone. This is not to say people need to like everyone. People do not even need to be nice to everyone. But it is important to judge people individually and not jump to conclusions just based on some characteristics they were born with.
Obsoletism is the practice of actively making things obsolete by developing better and less costly options instead of expending energy and resources trying to change or compete with existing products,processes or systems.
Reading those two things you may wonder how Obsoletism impacts Intolerance. I am going to set out in this article exactly how Obsoletism can marginalize and minimize intolerance across the globe.
The primary aspects of addressing any issue with an Obsoletist approach is to:
1) Not be limited by current constraints.
2) Think long term.
3) Not fight the current problem, simply render it obsolete.
4) Improve systems and structures for simplification, fairness and accuracy.
Step 1: Defining Behaviors
So, with these in mind, the first step is to well define what intolerance looks like. Not just in one country or for one group, but universal laws that are clear and have consequences that are equal for all. Like computer programming, there will be little room for interpretation. This is not to say there will not be some special rules, such as for artists and comedians and historians, but the system can be designed in a clear way to make the system very difficult to game.
But you are thinking, most likely, that it is not against the law in most places to be intolerant. True. But Obsoletism is not about changing laws in existing systems. Instead, it is a process over time to make the behavior obsolete because being seen doing those behaviors have very negative consequences, such as employment, access to resources, benefits taken away, etc.
Once these behaviors are defined, they must also be well explained through open, free public training so people feel comfortable with expectations and are equally not overzealous in accusing people of poor behavior.
Step 2: Recruitment
As soon as definitions are done, recruiting organizations and individuals who will live in accordance with the principles as defined,starts to give the initiative power. Organizations agree to openly supporting (or openly rejecting) the principles. Members of the initiative favor and buy from organizations who support the same principles. Organizations favor members committed to the cause with discounts, free products and services and exclusive access.
Step 3: Oversight
Luckily, today it is easy to see how people and companies behave. Using AI and manual reporting,people and organizations will have a score that is either positive or negative. Negative scores will exclude people from the network of benefits, jobs, resources and bonuses.
The system for oversight will be built to not be absolute,but to help people and organizations address issues and improve, when they want to. Not a “gotcha” system trying to punish people. Instead, a welcoming system to reward positive behavior.
Step 4: Growth and Refinement
As the group grows and as the process is refined to better score people and organizations, openly hostile behavior and intolerance will fade, becoming obsolete as the cost of being intolerant becomes too great to bare. The system cannot be perfect but can be designed to be fair and forgiving over time. People who have made past mistakes will have a clear road map of how to fix their score, through better future behavior and positive contributions.
Issues To Consider
There are plenty of issues to consider around this. I like to look for extreme situations, such as Mark Wahlberg who committed a hate crime as a young person but later seems to be a very decent person.
Or what about a situation where someone is a very decent person but is wronged by someone and they become more hateful to a group after that? Something extreme could really hurt someone.
What about people with mental health issues?
What about dog whistles (double meanings)?
What about saying something as a joke among good friends in what you think is a safe environment, but a friend does not appreciate the humor?
What about age? Older people have different standards for the words they use and often say things that may not be appropriate but are not mean spirited.
What would you do in the case of someone doing something very good for humanity, but also being intolerant?
These are all important issues we are discussing in GR8TR.us– join if you want to have input.
The goal is fairness and clarity. But we all know that life is never exactly fair. All we can do is make improvements and build a better future compared to today’s low standards of decency, tolerance and equal respect for everyone.
Next Steps For You
Anyone who shares our principles and wants to see things improve in the future may join our email at www.GR8TR.us and you will get an email with a link to a private Facebook group where we discuss these issues and work to define the overall set of tolerance and inclusion rules that will be built into the scoring system. Organizations who want to participate can sign up for the email as well and just reply to the email and start a discussion with us. This is not an overnight fix. But if we do not take first steps today when will we?