September 18

  

Today's quotation:

We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.

Maya Angelou

Today's Meditation:

One thing that we simply can't argue about is that our world is rich in diversity.  In humans, animals, plants, rocks, rivers-- in virtually everything, our planet shows off a wonderful array of differences, even in its similarities.  Human beings are more similar than they are different as far as our physiology is concerned, but within those similarities lie an amazing collection of differences.  We see the differences in the visible, such as skin color, height, hair color, and the like; and we notice the differences in patterns of thought, ways we treat each other, types of creativity, and many more aspects of who we are.

Unfortunately, many people look at how other people are different and become somehow afraid of those differences.  They don't see the unique ways that we see and do things as advantages, but as threats.  They're afraid that their world will be changed for the worse if other thoughts, other ideas, other races, other perspectives are brought into their world, so they do their best to eliminate the threat by acting as if our diversity is a bad thing, as if there's only one way to look at the world, and that's the best way of all-- and it happens to be their way.

I hope that in my life, I learn as much as I can from people who are very different from me.  Skin color, culture, geographic location, education, social norms-- learning about all of these things from someone who has a completely different perspective and upbringing than I have can help to make my life richer and deeper, and taking advantage of the diversity in the world can help me to grow into a person I could never be if my outlook were limited to just what I've always known.

I like diversity.  If I had one complaint about it, I would simply say that there isn't enough of it in my life, and I hope that as time goes on, I'll be able to expose myself to more of it so that I can see the world with as broad a perspective as possible.

Questions to consider:

Do you see diversity as something beautiful, or as a threat?  How do you think you developed that perspective?

What would our world be like if everyone were the same race and thought in the same ways?

Why do you think that so many people feel threatened by others who are different than they are?

For further thought:

We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic.  Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.

Jimmy Carter

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