Human beings are individual. We have experiences which we can relate to each other; some of us may even have some the same in some aspect of our lives. States are now obliged to combat discrimination based on gender, ethnicity, language, religion and more. Most states have anti-discrimination legislation, whether implemented or not.
Nature makes some individuals strong, some weak. Nature, nurture both contributing to our intelligence, physical development, capacity for empathy. So, on what basis do we equate weak with negative and strong with positive? The mentally strong make “better” choices. The assumption of meaning here is that “good” choices lead to self-sufficiency, eventually the ability to provide for or protect: in simple terms, power. The physically strong have the potential for these traits through brute force.
The weak: they take the easier road. Their choices or abilities lead only to expiration via natural selection. Without the support of the strong they cannot survive. The fact that we equate weak with bad and strong with good on an intuitive level is simple biology; the instinct for self-preservation and survival, only subdued by the instinct to progenate and the long term survival of the species.
So, in a modern world where we have the ability to act as a community and accept the diversity nature created, we should remember that society shouldn’t need each and everyone to prove their strength. We maintain the notion that to require the help of another is shameful, but really, the shame falls on those who deny diversity and refuse to fulfil their potential.
How about this for a contradiction in terms though, we do recognise the need to support diversity. Few would deny that the work of those in charitable organisations is bad. Some perhaps appreciate it as a display of strength, but we are also at least dully aware that to provide for the weak is necessary. However, we still feel shame on behalf of those who need help. The only strength on their part is the ability to ask for it.
So, why are we not ashamed of natural diversity in any other form, but this?