It appears that I am amongst good company. Both Prince Harry and myself have to undergo some form of Diversity Awareness training to ensure that we are fit for purpose. Someone clearly has career enhancing and developing riding on this following the decision that we can be all be that little bit better if we are diversity aware.
I am sure that this will make the country and my community a safer place.
Whereas he has used the ‘P’ word I have not found anything that I have said to be offensive those who are unfortunate enough to be disabled or those with a disability or impairment, to anyone of an alternative gender, to anyone who is a member of the gay, lesbian or transsexual fraternity, to anyone who may be of a different race or ethnic background than me, or to anyone who holds what could be different religious beliefs than me or to anyone who has a physical disfigurement or speaks another language then me.
I have offended no one. At least not that I am aware of. I think I put sugar into someones tea the other day by accident, but I had absolutely no intent to offend them. I even stirred it both ways.
Yet I have to begin, very soon, several hours of diversity awareness training, supplied free of charge by the CTCC, to make my sorry arse fit for purpose and to rid the Chiefs of any vicarious liability they might think they have on my behalf in case I might do or say anything that might be deemed to offend anyone. They don’t even have to be present when this takes place, apparently.
I know that people are different. I know that people should be treated as equals with fairness and courtesy despite their differences. I also know that these differences sometimes lead to mis-understandings or occasions where these differences make things far more difficult and complicated than they should be. I do not need several hours of patronising voices telling me this.
I have done and will continue to try my best to treat people with courtesy, respect and patience in the course of my duty.
Sometimes, when people are rude, abusive, impatient, think they are more important or have more social class or have committed offences, behave in anti-social or violent ways, they enter a world where the ideology of diversity awareness have to take a back seat for a short while until such time that the balance is restored and the need to be treated with these fine qualities in worthy of consideration at a later time.
In this diverse multiverse that is the real world, it would be a far simpler and nicer place to exist if everyone were tolerant, polite and courteous. All too often this is not going to happen. Only in the comfy seats of the ‘should of’ lounge through the blinkers of the hindsight spectacles can we see how we should behave after the negative sides of some of our customers is taken away. Sadly, the customer is not always right in some of these cases. Those who judge are also looking at things through their ideal perspective.
I hope this helps some of the way at least.
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