|This series is inspired by the "Words From|
Unity" public service announcements
that ran on television (particularly in
Kansas City) in the 1970's and 80's.
Leave the milk on the table for this one, though. Some things should not be combined into a "uniform mixture," as Webster's puts it. We tire of blandness. We bristle at uniqueness blended out of us like a Bass-o-matic.
But just like that machine which liquefies fish, homogenization makes tough things easier to swallow. We allow our schools to practically teach standardized tests because doing it the other ways take too long and demand too much time for classes that are too big with teachers paid too little. We allow watered-down regulations and distilled directives when doing the right thing becomes too hard.
Or maybe it's or too offensive. When's the last time you heard somebody in the U.S. talk about the "melting pot?" I haven't heard that term widely used since "Schoolhouse Rock."