For the love of humanity part 2

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Is diversity really a strength?
Published on December 24th 2016

Diversity is a strength... or rather, it can be. Unfortunately, in this multicultural experiment that is the United States, diversity has far too often become a source of enmity and division. And I would argue that it is in no small part due to government intrusion and the way media portrays people of different races and cultures.

The government divides us by giving groups their names, and pretending to champion this or that community, only to give them their own check-box on a form that we're all forced to fill out. It's a form of voter management and amassing collective followings by stoking the flames of tribal grievances.

The media then divides us further by amplifying stereotypes until the viewer finds it impossible to divorce an association between a given race or culture and a set of objectionable behaviors.

It's as if the story put forth is more often about how our differences clash, rather than focusing on how that isn't necessarily a bad thing. The political "Left" have been, by far, the worst offenders, in this regard; despite their moral-posturing to the contrary for they even find it hateful to admire and adopt cultural differences shared by others by calling it "appropriation."

It is tragic, because it didn't have to be this way. See, I would like to propose a paradigm shift to how we view our differences. And the beauty of it is that everyone, no matter their race or religion, could adopt this view with very limited effort. It goes something like this:

1. Love yourself, and everything that you are 2. Also love others for everything that they are.

Allow yourself to become intrigued by how different people like to dress, speak, the way they dance, the prayers they invoke, the things that interest them and so on. If you can appreciate the diversity of music found around the world or the international food options in the heart of the city, there is really no reason you couldn't appreciate the people, who's very hands and voices craft these things you savor and enjoy.

Spend time in their shoes, in their clothes. Associate with them, learn their ways and try their experience on for size. And let them learn from you in the same way.

No! our differences are not sacrosanct!

Our differences are to be shared, enjoyed and savored, just like food and music. These are the colors and scents that make the garden of humanity so beautiful and it could take center stage right here in America, if only you let it.

Think about it, all you have to do is shed the fear that's been impressed upon your mind through countless years of propaganda and stop viewing people that are different than you as threats. Sure, there are bad people out in the world, but the chances of them being near you are highly unlikely. Most people are simply trying to get by in life, just like you. And guess what, they're probably afraid of you too.

I think it's crucial that this paradigm shift take place, especially in America, because if it doesn't, it will be very easy to tear apart the fabric that is our poorly quilted society. On the other hand, if we do figure this out, it will be absolutely impossible to ever break us apart and no nation will ever be able to compete with us, divide us or conquer us, even our own.

Diversity may not be our strength now, but we can certainly make it so.

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